I am 4 weeks post-op from PLIF L4 / L5 - L5 / S1 and feel much better; however my back is still weak. I am pretty much in line with my physical therapy program for recovery, but if I move wrong, or sit upright for too long I hurt.
I know each person is different and their body reacts differently to the fusion-making recoveries differ from case to case.
The million dollar question my job and family want to know is “When”, ah yes when. I have read a lot, but I am trying to solicit different feedback on this question. My Dr and PT folks want to get me up and get me going, and believe I am invincible, not admitting I could take time.
I think from the very start in the hospital they want me to get up, and try to convince me I’m okay, and to just get going, denial is a good thing to them. If they can get a patient up, and make them get going and they stay going, it’s better for everyone.
My job wants the bare minimum of time out, needing me back as soon as I can, but I am approved for 6 weeks.
I really am trying to understand how to tell what is okay to live with, and what are grounds for staying out for more time. I don’t want to stay out if I don’t need to, but at the same time, don’t want to fall to the pressure of my short term disability and family obligations, causing me more problems and issues in the future.
If anyone can tell me what their experiences with this,and can give me insight into what I should use as a way to judge my actual state, and not the pressures of being injured. Any feedback would be helpful Thanks,
Left foramina stenosis of L3/L4 (retrolisthesis)
L2-ilaic revision fusion ( loose screws) with a laminectomy at L3 (cage at L3-L4)
(PLIF) -@ L4/ L/5 - S1 (cage at L4/L5)