Hello everyone! I've been "trolling" this forum for quite some time and I finally decided it was time for me to join the forum.
Let me start with a little background:
I am 23 years old with living with my fiance and our wonderful 1 year old son. In the fall of 2009, I was diagnosed with a pars defect at L5, as well as some disc degeneration at multiple levels. I have undergone just about every non invasive treatment option out there - pain/inflammatory medications, 2 years of physical therapy, 3 rounds of cortisone injections, 2 rounds of radiofrequency, an immobilizing brace, you name it, I've probably tried it.
During my pregnancy, my fiance and I relocated to another state so I could be closer to my father. This also allowed me to find another surgeon to work with. I felt that in my hometown the doctors weren't taking the constant pain I was in seriously. They also insisted that doing surgery on someone of my age would be a waste and that within 10 years I would be in a wheelchair because my back would give out. This may or may not have been true, but I felt like I would never get relief from the daily pain. Even lifting my son became a chore. Finally, after months of searching for a doctor in the area, I found one. He ran multiple tests that I had never gone through beforw and discovered that on top of the pars defect, the vertebrae have slipped more, more discs have begun to deteriorate, and I have a compressed nerve at L5 S1.
We talked about multiple treatment options, amd came to the conclusion that surgery really will be my best option. I will be undergoing the AxiaLif procedure on April 4, 2013.
My question is this: Those of you thay have undergone the surgery - how has the road to recovery been for you? How long before you could return to work? I have only put in for 2 weeks, as the doctor said as long as I sit and take it easy, I should be fine, but it seems like an awfully short amount of time? How long until you got your mobility back?