I am 9 weeks post TLIF, levels L4-S1. Wednesday, my Dr. allowed me to start going without my brace. I am really excited about getting weaned off from it. With every passing week, I have seen progress. The post operative numbness in my thighs has disappeared and I only occasionally get this strange sensation of what feels like I am being popped on the leg with a rubberband..lol I think that too will pass. The original pain before surgery is still gone
I do have muscle spasms some days and expect that to be more prominent with my "weaning process". I am very happy to report that in the last week, I have been able to sleep in my bed without waking up during the night or arising with what seemed to be when I had the worst of my pain. I contibute much of my improvement to getting serious about the exercises that I was instructed to do. Walking and strengthening my abdominals has really helped. Anyway, best of luck to all of you.