It is good to have found a resource to give support as I recover from L4-L5 fusion with nerve root decompression. I did not have a bone graft, but received the genetically engineered protein in its place. Cage and two pedicle screws.
All happened July 12, after one year in pain. Original diagnosis was osteoarthritis, and ultimately spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis. I took PT twice, two facet joint injections, radio frequency denervation, and one SI joint block. By the time I had surgery, I couldn't stand for more than ten minutes without pain and could not adequately care for my family.
Now, twelve days out, I am caring for myself, gaining strength, and learning how to manage activities without bending, lifting, or twisting. Tonight I prepared a simple dinner for myself, my son, and my boyfriend, which was a real achievement.
I am 53 years old, work as a university research financial administrator, and have been sedentary for over a year. I am obese, with probably a BMI of 32 or 33, so getting my weight down must be a priority.
Currently taking Lortab and Robaxin for pain, along with using cold packs.
Also Neurontin, Pristiq, Synthroid, Armour Thyroid, progesterone, and simvastatin. Use a CPAP to sleep.
I have a child entering college this year and a sophomore in high school, plus two house rabbits. Very glad to be here.