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3 Months Post Fusion of L5-S1

preeseppreese Posts: 160
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Recovering from Surgery
And I wanted to let you know that I am FINALLY feeling better than I did before the surgery:) Not as good as I expect to feel in another 3 months but definitely better than before and ALOT better than I was 6 weeks ago.
The Surgeon says my Xrays look great, no movement of the hardware and some cloudiness indicating that new bone is forming:) I am almost completely off of the pain pills and muscle relaxants (except for those evenings when I had pushed myself too hard during the day) and using only Tylenol and Gabapentin.
All of this good news along with the fact that Spring is finally moving into Wisconsin, has me smiling today and feeling very optimistic that this summer will be much better than the last one was.


  • So glad to hear that Patti! We will both be dancing at Christmas!!! I had a bad pain flare a week ago, but it was due to water therapy, using floats on my ankles. Sooo...not doing that again for a long time! Spring is finally coming! Walking outside is my way to exercise! Glad to hear you are better....Hugs,,Fusion Twin Robin
  • patti, nice to hear sucess stories of people progressing nicely
    and that spring weather sure does help lift you

    its also helpfull to have the posts which let us no that this is major surgery and things can and do not allways turn out right

    i think when there are say only 1 problem and not too much damage its those that probably get the best outcome
    but i hope im wrong as i have severe damage that needs mutilevel fusion in lumbar and cervical

    it was just awfull that your alif had to be aborted and you were subjected to another incision posteriorly
    but kudos to the surgeon realizing that to go ahead with the alif would have been life threatening

    wishing you continued uncomplicated healing
  • Hi, and i'm glad to hear that your feeling better.
    Also good to hear the pain levels are coming down, and your fusion is underway.

    Just keep doing what you are doing, and by football season you should be ready to tailgate. =D>
    That's if they play this year.

    The billioners, and the millioners need to come to an agreement. :T

    Best of luck to ya.

  • It sounds like you are doing well. You will see a big diffeence in 3 months, 6 months, and that year mark! It's funny how you don't feel or see it daily but when you look back monthly or more you do. Slowly but surely better days are ahead. Probably will have set backs or days you feel bad from doing too much, even with progress, such is the life of a spiney, but it's nice to be able to make it through the days better than before surgery. Remember it takes that year or more so don't over do it becuase you feel so well! Take care and good luck!

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