I'm a new member who could really use some advice or cheering up! I'm 34 years old & had spinal fusion surgery 6months ago now at L4, L5 & S1. This has been the toughest most painful year of my life and am still recovering from my surgery, which has been such a slow & frustrating time of my life. I have degenerative disc disease as a result of having been a beauty therapist for several years, and unfortunately as I am hypermobile this was the wrong profession to have been in and has left me as I currently am - still unable to work, still on dihydrocodeine and recently, as a result of I think having a small fall at home (literally from a squat position to bumping down onto the floor), having referred pain all the way up my spine again.
Has anyone else been through this that can give me some good news? I had no option apart from to have the surgery and it seems early signs are good, ie no constant sciatica pain all down both legs BUT it seems that I am still only able to remain upright for about three hours tops, can only stand/walk an hour, still cannot exercise apart from gentle physio exercises that have only recently been given.... I'm at my wits end as I feel like a 70year old some days. I seem to have a good day then a bad day for no reason and am constantly guessing what to do for the best. I am also experiencing pain now about half way up my spine and am concerned that the degenerative disc disease may already be affecting further up my spine now as I was warned by my surgeons that this indeed could happen, although I didn't think it could surely happen after only six months?
Sorry for such a huge message but I am guessing that someone on here may know exactly what I'm talking about since we're all in similar situations. I just want to be able to work, clean my house, go to the gym, have a family with my husband, but I have no idea when all this will be possible. I have now been told that recovery is likely to be 1-2years...... has anyone else had this op that can give me some hope?!