I am happy to report that my surgery on 2/24/2011 to fuse my L3-L4-L5 was a success. I am fully fused and a recent MRI showed that all my other disks are normal! I do still have considerable edema and a hematoma (although that is getting smaller) and I am definitely not pain free, but I am on the road to recovery finally!
I am curious to know how many of you had trouble with PT. I am now going on 5 months post op, and although I have prescriptions for Tylenol 4, I haven't really used them because they don't work. The therapist basically kicked me out of therapy because the pain was very intense while trying to do the exercises. My doc has now referred me to a pain management doc, which I have my first appt with today, but I am a little leery about being given stronger meds at this stage of the game. Has anyone else had similar trouble?
Oh, and I also ended up with gastritis as a result of my surgery, which it took them 4 months to diagnose!