I've been reading a lot of posts and they have helped me immensely. But I still have a few questions I hope someone can help answer. I had a L5/S1 postior fusion with rods, screws, bone taken from pelvis, with batteries included four weeks, 3 days ago (5/3). I have to say the first two weeks were terrible. I'm actually feeling fine now although I'm taking my pain meds regularly, still wearing my brace and not overdoing it. I understand the lower back fusion is a harder recovery from the standpoint that the lower back carries more weight.
Am I really that lucky to be feeling so good, or should I prepare that the recovery will get worse once I get around more and start PT? I want to be prepared.
I'm also nervous about when to go back to work. I had an ACDF in May 2009, C5-7, and went back to work in two weeks - and paid for it dearly with the continued pain for months and months. My doctor is a man of few words and when I asked before the surgery he said I could start back at about two weeks if I felt like I could. But after my last fusion, I decided to wait longer this time. I'm now planning to go back in two more weeks (at the six week point) right when my PT will be starting. I'm becoming a Nervous Nellie. Am I going back too early? Will the PT set me back and be a wrong time to go back?
I am recently 50, at a normal weight, and have a desk job. My company told me to come back when I was entirely ready. I can't work half days or every other day as I "own" full programs. So when I come back, the people who covered for me will step away, and I'll be back doing 10ish hour days again.
Any advice on what to expect when I start PT as it relates to re-emerging pain and affecting my work? I'm nervous about going back too early and paying for it later. Please help me figure this out. I've lived with this for nine years and am so ready for all of this to be over.
Thanks for helping!