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6-months post op

B52BB52 Posts: 247
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Ha, I just now realized that today marks six months since my L5S1 PLIF. Still on LTD as of now. My next check up will be June 3rd. My last one didn't show much fusion, but maybe this one will be different. In a lot of ways, I'm better than before surgery, but sure enough I'm not 100%. Lifting anything is still a real problem (anything aver say 10-20lb)as is sitting in a straight chair or riding very long in the car. A chair makes my hardware hurt and my right buttock and leg hurt & be numb at the same time. Bad.

I knew going in that I wouldn't be 100% after this surgery, so I'm not disappointed. On the contrary, actually I'm still quite satisfied with the overall result. I'm in much less back pain. One of my biggest complaints was that with my spondy slip, I felt like I was going to break in half. I was always scared that I would just crumple over. Now, I do feel more secure. I should with the expensive hardware in my spine!

Anyhow, I'm still alive & still healing. Thank goodness for LTD though, or I'd be in a pickle!

Aloha, y'all!


  • Wtg Aaron,

    I am so glad that you are feeling more secure. I know the feeling. Sounds like you are where you need to be in terms of most fusion recoveries. I do hope you can see some fusing at this point. I am right behind you and fortunately mine is very clear. Are you taking any calcium + vit d supplements? I am sure those have been helpful to my fusion.

    Best of luck with your next follow up.

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