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!