I have two rods and screws from 3 month post op TLif. It has been absolutely awful. I was not told that this surgery would in fact be a very very long recovery. I was simply told 2-3 months of being careful, no bending, lifting. I had explained being all alone, have 2 very old dogs. One at 17 yrs which needs constant lifting off the floor as she somewhat crumbles. (weighs 20lbs) and a flight of stairs. Putting dog bowls on the floor would be part of all this. The surgeon knew every detail of my home situation and still would say no bending, lifting.He knew I would have no help beyond a nurse's assistant for a week, a few hours a day. I feel totally betrayed as this should have been a surgery after my dog had passed away at some point and one should not have this done without a spouse or partner. Now, at 3 months, I have moved the tiny wedge by 3cm. I am always in pain which abates with 5mg of hydrocodone every 5 hrs approx. Of course I am supposed to be coming off of that too. However all normal painkillers do nothing. I feel as though I have a metal plate between the two rods and that I cab barely move about comfortably. How does one dry legs after a shower, put on pants, socks, get out pots from cupboards, throw away trash, load and unload washing machines...feed a dogs...WITHOUT bending and leaning? Were I to sneeze and cough due to a cold, both rods feel like they are popping out of my skin. (I am thin)I cannot imagine having to work as I am without pain for about 2-4 good hours.I used to work part time with 3-5 yr old kids. Imagine bending to be at their desks, 18 inches off the ground.
Reading everyone's posts that this is such a long recovery is extremely disheartening. I cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel. Then I am supposed to have another surgery at some point for stenosis as well. I never imagined my life would be on hold for a year. Probably I would not have done this and lived on pain killers, at least in between I had a life. Do not have this surgery without family at your side for a very long time. The concept of perhaps finding a boyfriend again is laughable. (I am 55) The bus is filling up!
How much longer will life appear worthless? I was told 2-3 months! Ha!
Any words of encouragement from other post-ops would be very welcome.