I had my 3 month check up with my surgeon on Friday and am fusing so well and doing great so he has discharged me, return as needed! Had TLIF on February 2nd at L5-S1.
I'll be starting my 4th week back to work, part-time, which I worked prior to surgery. I'm released to work 8 hours per day but will be taking it easy and sticking with 5 hours. It was tough getting back to work but I think I'm over the exhaustion hurdle now and am enjoying getting back to normal.
Am starting the full on weaning from the oyxcontin this weekend and hope to be totally off them, except maybe as needed, by next weekend. A beer to celebrate Mother's Day would be perfect!
I'm still having some aches and pains in the lower back, mild leg swelling in the evenings, and some minor nerve pain in my left leg. But, compared to where I was on February 1st, this is heaven. I can actually walk a city block without being in agony and having to stop every 2 steps. I don't have to crawl up my steps and into bed after working 4 hours and rest until the next morning.
I know I'm still going to have some bad days and need to watch myself on days I'm feeling good to still not overdo but am so happy I decided to have my surgery. It was worth every miserable moment I may have had afterwards, most of which I can barely remember now.
I know I was terrified about having surgery but reading everyone elses posts really helped me know what to expect and to not be so terrified. I thank you all on this board for helping me get through it! It was a genuine comfort to know I was not alone.