Today I am 5 weeks from L5-S1 ALIF surgery. I continue to progress each day, although some days are more painful than others. Today wasn't the best, but the sun is shining and i'm focusing on more positive things. I have walked about the house quite a bit and can say walking is much easier each day. I'm only on Nucynta and Gabapentin for pain and Ambien for sleep. Still pretty strong meds but it is a lot less than 2 weeks ago. I will return to both my PM & surgeon next Tuesday. I'm hoping that a get a good report from both.
Am I happy I went forward with surgery? Absolutely! I had exhausted all other alternatives.
Was I anxious before surgery? Terrified. That's normal given the nature of the procedure.
Is the recovery what I expected? No. I knew it would be long, but I wasn't prepared to be so exhausted or spend so much time at complete rest. On the positive side of that, pain control is much better than I had expected or hoped for. I have had much less of my pre-op pain and I no longer feel like I can't rely on my left leg.
All in all, life is better. I'm going to be the best patient I can be, and will maintain a positive attitude. I will not criticize my husband's cooking or other housekeeping skills. He's trying.
I wish everyone better health, less pain, and peace,
L5S1 ALIF 2-22-11
Now L4 Retrolisthisis