Well here we are 6 months after my 360 L5-S1 lumbar fusion. I saw my spine surgeon yesterday in NYC and had lumbar xrays and he said I am healing excellent and released me to do anything I want!!:)
I can ski,golf kayak bike etc...I still have a lot of PT to do but am improving all the time. I do PT 3x week with eliptical 25-30 min before 45 min of all my core and strength training.I have no significant pain to speak of, but do still take a dose a tylenol almost every day to help with pt soreness and muscle soreness. I still have issues staying in alignment and my pt has to adjust me frequently. My muscles still don't like to work all together yet!! I did have a flare of some numbness in my affected pre surgical leg a few weeks ago but that was after a long 3 hr bus trip to nyc and a show in nyc so was a lot of sitting and was also increasing my walking and eliptical. Surgeon was not concerened and said this can happen and should get better. I continue to work full time as a nurse in an office setting without any difficulties. It has been a long recovery but certainly worth it cuz I am getting my life back!! I know a lot of people that do well do tend to move away from the forum but I really like to ck in and show the newbies and the people trying to decide on fusion that you can return to a normal life again.
I did have a consult on my neck disc c-5 c-6 herniation that I have been fighting with since 2003 to re-evaluate. My only symptoms at this time are r arm numbness every night generally wakes me up once or twice, some minor pain and stiffness in neck. 2 years ago with the last flare i had significant cord compression from disc herniation and now have alot more degeneration at the endplates and loss of height with bone spurs and osteophytes pressing on the cord, really no fluid around the cord at that level. I am no longer a candidate for an ADR due to too much loss of height and the endplate changes. The surgeon says that it most likely will get worse with time and of coarse pain. My dilema is weather to have done sooner than later. I am feeling so good now it's hard think of having more but I don't want to experience the pain in my arms that I had in my legs if that is the inevitable. Since my surgeon is out of network my $4000 out of network benifit is already met and before the end of year would be covered at %100. If I don't have it done now and wait a yr then I pay the $4000.00 again!! Any thought and experience would be appreciated, and thanks for reading all of this!! Lynette