Newbie alert :0)
On the 12th of December 2012 I had a lumbar fusion of L4/5 & S1 plus a disc replacement of L3/4 via anterior approach. During surgery there was more damage to my spine than the scan suggested so I had plates fitted and corrective posterial surgery on the 17th of December 2012 to stabilise with screws.
Following this I had steroid injections in my pelvis due to some other pains whilst in hospital. I left hospital on Saturday armed with OxyContin and Oxy something slow release (?)
So far day times have been bare able I guess. I can walk fine and do usual things (obviously avoiding bending and stretching)
Yesterday I had a walk which absolutely wiped me out but I felt good to get out of the house!
The real issue is sleeping. I seem to get about an hour then wake up in AGONY. It doesn't seem to matter what I take or when, it has happened every night since surgery, I don't think I have managed more than 2 hours a night.
It's a combo of back and sciatic pain, the front wound is not sore at all.
Am I expecting too much after only 2 weeks for anterior and a week posterial?
I am early 30's mother of 2, was very fit before surgery and commute a 4 mile each way walk on a daily basis (well I did!)
I'm worrying that this surgery was mistake.
I am no stranger to spinal surgery having had several discectomies and laminectomy and 5 lots of facet joint injections this year alone.
I am desperate to get back to work already ! I was hoping to be back before 6 weeks is that impossible? I have an office job and very luckily have an amazing employer who has said I can come back reduced hours and have an adjustable desk which can be raised to standing.
Any advice or experience?
P.s I don't know anyone who has had a fusion / disc replacement combo. Can anyone shed any experience of this?
Thank you so much
2 level Discectomy 2000 open surgery
L4/5 Discectomy & L5/S1 Laminectomy 2005- (Cauda equina) open surgery
5 x joint injections 2012
Discogram Dec 2012
Dec 2012 - 360 Lumbar Fusion L4 -S1(BMP), Disc replaced L3/4, Bilat trocanter injects