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One month after

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Update on my first post. It's been one month now since I've had major back surgery. I started to feel much better (from surgery pain/healing) after 3 weeks. The last week feel much improved. I live alone but can vaccum, iron, do my wash, (I have a special way to luge my wash down stairs without any stress on my back), and drive a little. I can also walk without strooler or cane etc..
I use to have COMPLETE numbness running down from my waist to my feet. THAT'S PREETY MUCH GONE NOW! I still have some pain, especially in morning. I have to be carefull not to over do it. I still wear a brace for another 3 weeks. There is one problem. My feet are still numb and tingling and sore. In fact, I think they are 10% worse.
My surgeon said everything is healing down from my waist after surgery and the healing will trickle down to my feet. I HOPE SO. I would be happy if my feet would show at least a 30% better. My goal to have this surgery is to be able to walk normal (or almost normal) everyday.
Thanks for all the advice on this forum.
Laminectory/ bone spurs removed. First stage/level fusion on L4,L5. Taking Percocet for pain. Starting to take less of it.


  • That's great to hear you're walking and feeling less pain. I hope time will heal your feet. Good for you. Take care and prayers you heal completely from your surgery. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Sounds like you are well on the way to recovery.
    I am 3 weeks post surgery tomorrow and also feeling much better than before surgery.
    Isn't it great to feel we are on the way back to our active life?

    Keep healing ;-)
  • So glad to hear you are doing so well and your road to recovery is smooth.

    I am amazed at all the housework you are able to do! I'm not sure I could do all that without bending or twisting.

    good luck and take care! Shari
  • You sound like you're doing well but do continue to take it easy, especially with the vacuuming. I'm on my own too and I had a domestic service come in once a week to do the floors and washing.

    It'll probably take a little while for the numbness and tingling in the feet to get better. It was 3-4 months before the pain in my left foot went away.

    I hope you'll be able to walk more soon. I'm nearly 6 months out and I can walk freely and it's such a joy.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
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