Well, here I am again, at home and waiting to move forward again in my spinal fusion journey. Gosh this is a long road!
My L4/L5 decompression and fusion was way back in March '10. That seems like a very long time ago.
Finally after 5 1/2 months, I returned to work.
Monday and Tuesday I was exhausted and in pain by the afternoon, and was glad to get into bed at the end of the day.
Yesterday I was sent home from work because I was in so much pain. I didn't even make it for one hour before I had to go home!
My pain now is in my thoracic spine. It starts over my spine in my back and wraps around my chest to over my spine in the front. My doctor explained that because I have lost mobility at the level that has been fused, the rest of my spine is having to take up the slack and move more. This extra movement has caused a flare up of my thoracic area which already had problems. YUK!!
I have been signed off work again! I will try to return again in a week or so, but must have a phased and very gradual return back to my full hours in a month or so. I am a teaching assistant so lots of bending and stooping. My school has been amazingly supportive, and I am so relieved about that. :-)
I had been doing so well with my recovery. Today I am feeling more comfortable and have accepted that this is probably the best thing for me to protect my back, while at the same time I am longing to get back to my normal life.
I knew this would be a long recovery, but when that is what we get, it is so hard.
So, you will be hearing from me again while I am taking it easy and needing your encouragement.
Hope all my spiney friends are having a pain reduced day. :H