Hey all, just wanted to post an update about me 8 weeks post thoracotomy/vertebrectomy/360 fusion. I know it was hard for me to find information on this surgery before I had it, so want to share my story for others.
I think I'm doing fairly well. I'm still pretty limited in terms of activities- I just fatigue really quickly and get sore.
The good (great?) news is that my pain rarely goes above a 5 and is easily relieved by resting. Hooray! I also don't think any of it is nerve pain- it's just muscle strain/fatigue and regular old soreness.
My main struggles right now are in trying to regain strength on the left side- that was the side that had neuro deficits before surgery, and I am still struggling with weakness. Much of my physical therapy is focused on trying to balance things left to right, and most of my pain is due to the right side taking on more than its fair share of work. My PT says that due to the curvature that still remains, it might never be 100%.
Bending and sitting remain a challenge, but twisting and flexing are not, so at least there is a LOT more PT activity that I can do!
I have to say that I am so hopeful! I really believe I am going to get back to a functional state. I am starting to consider plans for the future that I would not have thought possible before the surgery- traveling, career considerations, and so on. And not living with constant moderate-severe pain is really nice, even if I am still kind of a gimp
Hope all of the other December surgery people are doing well too!