Evening everyone! Well today I had a 6 1/2 month post PLIF visit to the doc's. I was more than a little shocked when the x-rays showed no more fusion than I had 2 months out (not much). He said "there might be a little feathering here", but pretty much nothing. I was a little too thunderstruck to ask a lot of questions like 'what now?' He advised me to go back to wearing my hated TLSO brace for one month and then after that, if I feel back pain, wear it for one more month after that pain. Ho-boy! I did ask him at what point do we just throw up our hands and say it just ain't gonna work? He said if it isn't fused by about 9 months, it probably ain't going to. I am supposed to use proper lifting and sitting posture (duh), not lift anything heavy (duh, again) and generally avoid anything that will further injure me. The NS reminded me that it'll be easy to damage myself with no bone in my 'fusion' area, and to be careful so as to avoid another operation. Freakin' craptastick I tell ya! Oh I did get a prescription for Neurontin for nerve pain that I have often down the right leg.
On the good side, though, at least right now my LTD is working. I hope that keeps up, or I'm going to be a hungry unit! And really, I am breathing and I still feel better than I did before the surgery. I guess I'm just griping to get it out. Grrr...
Peace & love, y'all
p.s. Oh, and this ain't no s&*%. When I pulled into the Dr's parking lot today, a hearse pulled in right beside me and parked. I wondered then if that was a bad omen...sure enough!