Hey there everyone! I'm 9 weeks PLIF today. I saw my surgeon last week for my routine visit and during that visit he found a couple of things that he didn't like too much.
I was supposed to start PT at week 12, but I'll be starting tomorrow. The muscle bands that run along the length of my incision are tightening up pretty fast and are causing lots of back pain and stiffness. I'm having a lot of right leg pain again. That had totally disappeared for a couple of weeks. I don't know if the two are realated, but we're about to find out if the physical therapy can loosen those bands. I'm having a problem with my right heel also. Not too sure what's going on there, but I have a numb, heavy feeling and it's causing me drag my foot somewhat. When I drive and I move my foot from the gas to the brake it feels like I'm pulling the whole floormat along with it-for lack of a better explanation. Hopefully this all ties in with whatever is going on around that incision site.
I've been xrayed twice since my surgery with no signs of fusion yet. Still early out yet, so I'm not going to get discouraged. I'm still walking a lot everyday. I just can't wait until it gets cooler and the humidity drops because it is HOT here! Goodness. It's in the very high 90s at the least, 100s most days, then you add on that back brace and it feels like you're in a smokehouse.
If anyone has gone through PT at or around the 2 month period, I'd love to hear from you and see what your experience was. I'd love to hear from you guys regardless
Wishing you all well!