Hi all, Just wanted to jump for a recovery update. I had a 4 level fusion with instrumentation on 12/19/11, and while the first 6 weeks were rough things seem to be getting better. I am scheduled for my first pt appt. on friday and will return to work on monday.
Initially I had considerably more pain in my right arm and shoulder but that really is much better. My biggest problem seems to be the pain accross my upper back and nerve pain that comes and goes. I also have considerably more nerve pain in my left arm than I ever had before but realize that is just a result of such a extensive procedure. I had both a anterior and post procedure so I know the muscles are going to take some work and nerves time to heal. I'm a little supprised how little it takes pyhsically to bring on the pain both nerve and muscle, but know that too will get better.
So all in all I am quite pleased so far with the outcome even though I'm a little nervous about my return to work. But I am definitely ready to get back, one can only sit around for so long.
Hope all is well for the rest of you and look forward to all of us continuing to get better.
Have a great day!