I had my 3-month post op.
Doctor said I'm doing quite well considering I'm just 3-months post op of a revision MicroD.
While I'm disappointed that I don't have feeling back and that I can't sit longer than 30-45 mins, I'm doing well. I can't deny it either.
I have not been on pain meds since week 6.
(note: this excludes the 1 tylenol with codeine and 1 valium I took after a business trip).
My doctor reminded me that sensory is the last thing to come back and could take 9 months. He told me that it's ok if I can't sit for more than 45 mins b/c I'm not supposed to, it's bad for my back. He is pleased at the 30-45 min timeframe and he said I actually did fairly well on my flight.
He told me not to feel bad about the minimal meds I had to take after the flight b/c airplanes are terrible ergonomically. He told me to occassional meds are ok but if frequency increases, to call him.
I'm posting because it's important for people to know that it is about patience and open communication with your surgeon. They are human too!
I am still taking ibuprofin & tyelenol in the am and pm but it's not the max dose and I'm not going backward. My back pain is only intermittent and tends to flare up when the weather temps drop (eh-hem, like the last few days).
My surgeon wants to talk to me in 2-3 months unless I get worse. He said any time I have an issue or question to call and based on the concern he'll decide if he needs to see me again. He is so good..he even said if I need to extend PT, he would be open to extending it.
I am afraid I will need him and he'll change hospitals but he assured me that I will always be his patient but hopes I'm one that never really needs him again. I'm glad he said that because I told him that if for some reason I did need him, I'd track him down...he laughed.
He told me not to lose focus on the rules. No bending, twisting, or lifting. He reminded me to keep up with the PT exercises, walking, icing and to be very cautious through the end of the year. He agreed that I should be careful about the hours I keep at work and to make sure I work remote if the office is getting in the way of me walking every 30-45 mins, etc.
So...I'm not out of the woods but I think the (positive) light is there if I keep the focus.
I'm cautiously optimistic!
I want to be that person who sticks around and can be that "success story" and help others learn from my experience.
You all have been amazing for me! I cannot thank you enough. I know I still need you b/c I do still have my bouts of depression. Thanks to each of you, I'm reminded that it's ok to be down as long as it's occassional. You folks here really understand chronic pain. I have it still but I have momments now where I feel "normal" and that's a huge relief.
No worries...I'm not going anywhere. I want to provide as much support as possible and continue to learn about my back so that I can try to keep it as healthy as possible.
I just wanted to share my "conservative" good news and thank you all.