Hello to everyone, it's dapopo here with a quick update. I had my 4 month follow up appointment for my open TLIF on February 16. I thought everything was moving along great. I was still hurting quite a bit but had been off all pain medication for 2 weeks. I have been back at work for 2 months working 4 hours a day (after this appointment my work day was increased to 6 hours per day) Doesn't sound like much but it really kicked my butt & wore me out. I'm on light duty doing some office work. It will be some time before I can put on my 28lb gun belt & be back out on the streets again. I leave work to go to physical therapy 3-4 times a week.
Going to physical therapy 3 times a week. My pt appointments consisted of ultra sound, stretching, 1 mile at 3mph on the treadmill (approximately 20 minutes), ¾ of a mile on the eliptical machine (approximately 16minutes), & would do a random selection on the stair stepper for 10 minutes. I hurt after wards but if I lay down flat on the floor with my knees bent I could get comfortable. At my December appointment he said he saw some bone growth starting. Now he said I'm probably not fusing & that would cause me to still have as much pain as I am having. He takes x-rays at every app but said the new fusion doesn't show up on x-ray, he just does it to check my hardware. (hmm, then how did he see fusion starting in Dec?) Said he would get a CT Scan if I was still in pain on my March follow up.
Then one week after my appointment I started having severe back pain again. It began while I was at therapy on the eliptical machine. I felt a sharp stabbing pain that went down my left side to the back of my knee. The only medication I am taking is three 800mg ibuprofin a day. (the doctor had me start taking them the day after my Feb 16th appointment) My therapist contacted my doctor to tell him about the severe pain I was experiencing & to see if the CT Scan could be moved up. He said no, it was too early & would be a waste of money for the scan because the results would not change his course of treatment. I am to continue with therapy but cut down on the conditioning.
I called the office to see about getting something for the pain. DENIED!!! Told me he has me off the narcotics & will not give me any more. I was told to take up to 8 Extra Strength Tylenol a day for pain, but suggested I didn't take that many cause it would be bad for me.
So, now I work 6 hours a day (instead of 4), my pain has increased to a 7 whenever I'm moving around, continuing with therapy (stem/heat & ultra-sound), unable to do any of the exercises there that I was previously doing, can only walk on the treadmill at 1 – 1.5mph for approximately 6 minutes pushing myself with everything I have to get thru it, & the doctor will not give me anything for the pain. I know there are many of you that are having a much harder time but I feel like I'm about to loose my friggin mind. Trying to stay positive is getting more challenging by the minute.
Sorry this is soooo long. Take care all!!!