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Exhaustion....fusing is hard work!

tracibennttracibenn Posts: 95
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I have never been so chronically exhausted in my life as I have been in the last 4 weeks. The first two weeks I can understand...even the third week. I'm going on post op week 4 and I still struggle daily with exhaustion!!! I have a spurt of energy usually between 3-5pm, but before and after that I'm nearly down for the count. Is this considered normal? I had a 2 week postop check up and dont go back till the end of April, and I really don't want to call and ask the dr if this is normal. Hopefully you will help. Maybe I should call my family doc and ask him? Could it be something outta whack?

Thanks for listening!!!



  • i had my 3rd fusion on 1/25/11 and tomorrow begins my 5th week...
    i am also struggling with exhaustion- and still plenty of pain...(i am improving)
    even though i have had 6 spine surgeries- and this was my 3rd big fusion surgery- i am STILL astonished by the magnitude of the aftermath that is post-op... it is very normal... what i have to remember is that fusion is NOT normal, common, minor or easy... it is major major surgery- and the spine is the FRAME for my entire body! i am fortunate to be self employed and work from home. from my bed- on my laptop... when i had the last two fusions i was 10 years younger and also in the same line of work/ same business- but i had an office that was 150 mile round trip commute- i only went 3 days a week- but, WOW, thank goodness for the advances in technology that has allowed me to work from bed...
    i live in a rural area- so NOTHING is close...but even a trip in the car to the Starbucks drive through and say, going into the grocery store for less than 10 items wears me out- and my pain elevates by the time i get home... i am a DO-er, despite my disability- i am considered a "super woman"- it drives me nuts to feel to limited... but it does improve... it is just a very very very slow process!
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  • Hi; it's amazing how much surgery can effect our bodies.
    I dont know if's it physical or mental, probably a combination of both, but it sure takes an effect on the body.
    Then during the healing process, you start getting exhausted just from the boredom, due to your restrictions.

    Comes down to this is a long road to recovery, and we all need to find a way of dealing with it, and trying to keep our minds active.

    Best of luck, and you are not alone.
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