I am postop 7 weeks now had 360 lumbar fusion on April 2,2012, with pedicle screws, cages, plate ,cleaned down nerve canal in right leg. Have a 9 inch scar on front and 3 (2 inch) in the back. I have been doing pretty good except for the occasional uhoh I shouldn't have done that! I did weed my flower garden last Sunday . I should have taken more rests. My right leg keeps getting numb and has been this way right after surgery. Told my dr. and he didn't give me an answer why. I know if I sit longer than 15 minutes both legs go numb. I am usually pretty active and I can't seem to walk too far yet. I am trying to work up to a mile a day.... and I know everyone is different ...should I expect more? I am trying to lose weight...haven't been too mobile as of the past 2 weeks from overdoing it! Patience!
as far as pain pills go I am taking dilaudid 2 mg. , ambien for sleep, flexerol . I was on gabapentin but didn't like the side effects. I did have another surgery last June 3, 2011 , a lamenectimy and a discsectomy and several shots of steroid for nerve pain ..but it didn't do a thing...so that is why they said I was needing another surgery ...the 360 fusion. legs are getting numb..time to get up! see you all later!