Its been a while since Ive popped on here, but i thought i'd give those facing a fusion some positivity.
I had my fusion near 6 months ago, and I consider it a huge success.
Prior to my fusion, I'd had to go on sick leave from work as a ward nurse as i couldnt stand for more than a few minutes nor walk any distance without agonising pain. Having tried a discectomy and copious amounts of opiods, I finally was offered my lifeline of a fusion due to the debilitating back pain and leg pains.
Although you hear a lot of negatives, like most say its because those success stories dont come back, they're off making up for time lost, which is why ive popped back to offer some hope.
I wont lie, the recovery is boring and painful at the same time. The 1st 3 months were very restricting as I didnt feel "stable" and i had back pain.
Although, an "unstable" feeling, I returned to work in an administrative capacity at 17 weeks post op.
Being back at work 9 weeks after having 18 months off, its been great. The first weeks were tiring and i had difficulty sitting, but as the weeks have gone by its got better and better.
In the next 6 weeks, im going back to physical frontline nursing (cautiously)as I feel like im back lol. Work have been very cautious to the point of thinking i could no longer nurse, but occupational health and my surgeon have been soooo supportive and helped me achieved my goal.
I still have a stiff sore back in a morning, but once im up and about it eases off. I do take paracetamol and codeine when required, but the needs for medication are reducing.
I have my 6 months post op check in 3 weeks, hopefully the xray will show fusion because somethings happening for the pain to reduce and get my life back. Just getting rid of the leg pains alone was good, but back pain reduction and full mobility back.........bonus
I hope this gives others some hope that fusions are not all bad news.