Hello. I am a 26 year old female who just had back fusion of the sacrum L5 ans L4 vertebrae. I had a grade 2, borderline grade 3 spondilolithesis of the L5 with severe spinal stenosis. I am fairly active, and my career is massage therapy, so surgery was not really my ideal option. I also am a surgery as a absolute last resort kinda person, as I have seen too many patients who have permanent issues from a back surgery that most likely could have been prevented with various conservative treatments. Ive also seen the results of botched surgery's. I am forever grateful that I found a good surgeon who did a near perfect surgery. It took forever, but i am healing good and spine looks nounal now in the x rays, minus the screws and rods, lol. I'm 4 weeks in recovery. right at the awful part where i cant stand to be lazy anymore, but cant physically do much either. Its especially frustrating since i live close to Seattle, and right now we finally started summer. It will be gone by September, and there is no hike, swim, or camping trip i can enjoy this summer. then the 9 to 10 months of overcast, darkness, and rain will return. I can lie with that, though. I am staying with my parents though and they have really helped me out, especially with taking care of my kittens who are quite high maintenance. They need lots of attention. Very needing little things, in a sweet way.
Anyway, sorry, that's quite a long introduction. I can ramble on forever if i don't watch myself.