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18 months out and hiking the hills!

A summary of my path here: Spondy with disc lesion L5-S1, failed PLIF with infection 2 and 1/2 years ago, redo with ALIF 18 months ago.

This week I have been hiking the Lake District. I use hiking poles (Swedish ones with a deep shock absorber action) and carry a backpack. I have been able to manage the numerous slopes and muddy inclines and to keep up with my able-bodied friends!

There is no way I thought this even possible a year ago. My doctor told me that it would take 18 months for me to be quite better and 2 years to be fully recovered - at the time it seemed impossibly long.

So, my Holiday message to you all is - hang in there! Recovery is a long, slow one-day-at-a-time thing. But it happens and you CAN get back to your life!

Happy Holidays everyone


  • Emily congrats on hitting a major milestone. I have always said it takes at least two years to heal from these surgeries. while the incision are healed up fine in a few weeks or so, the internal healing continues to go on. I had my shoulder rebuilt a few years back and the surgeon was honest and said it will take 2 years to get past it. He said I would see improvements over the coming 2 years gradually, which he was a 100% correct.

    Now with my spine, not so lucky, as nerve damage doesn't heal. So while structurally it is correct now, the nerve damage I own. I think for most here whom still have issues following surgery, it is a matter of nerve damage, or as I also have cord damage. But I still say hope can be right around the corner, as new things come out each and everyday.

    cheers to you emily for getting back your life and out enjoying it.
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