Hello, I just wanted to post some good news.
It has been 7 mos, since I had my L3-L4 spinal fusion. I can tell a BIG difference since I have had it done. First, let me say, it was no walk in the park. This surgery was something that I thought about for a while, and then I said I am going to get it done since I had a torn disc and it was bulging. What can I lose, I was already in alot of pain taking Vicodin, and abusing it.
I had my surgery on Aug 24th 2012, and I was in the hospital for 2 days. They showed me how to walk, and climb stairs, and walk, walk walk. I came home, and stayed with my mom and dad, as I am single and live alone, and by the way, the picture that is posted is what happend to my face after surgery. My mother was so good to me. I stayed for 2 weeks. Then I came home and used my cane every now and then, and my picker up grabber thing. That came in very useful for me. I was very lucky to have neighbors as well, and they helped me. I did not drive for about 3 weeks, and the 4th week was still a little rough and did not like to drive long drives. I was still on the meds, which helped out alot, and then also on muscle relaxers. I did not abuse them this time, because I made a decision that I wanted to get off of these and live a normal life. 2 mos later, I weaned myself off of the meds, was in a little pain, but nothing that I could not manage. I did alot of walking, I cannot even count how many miles. It helped with the healing process. 3 mos post op, I was at the gym, when I should have not been, walking. Only walking, and alittle treadmill. I would over do it, and then I knew when I needed to stop. But I would keep going to the gym, since this was in the winter time. The pain has eased and I can tell that I have been healing on the inside. Let me fast forward to now, which is 7 mos post op. I am now at the gym, running here and there. 3 Mos ago I could not run, I would try and I could feel the hardware and basically my body said no, not yet. But now I am, and I am not in pain. I am not running really fast yet, but have just started to. If feels so good to get back to where I was before the surgery and before the pain.
I just wanted to share this and hope the people that are reading this that are getting ready to have a surgery know that this is not the end. If you evaluate the Dr's that you have and read up on them, I have no doubt the ones that know what they are doing can fix you. Mine have, but I have had to pay alot, but I believe it is worth it, when it comes to my health. My dr has been working with the spine for many years and also has a neurologist that works with him as well with every surgery. My surgery was 6 hours long and I have 4 little slits in my back. 2 above my buttocks and 2 below, but still a little above my buttocks. I still can not understand how they fit all that hardware in there, they tore the tape off my face when I was still out, and it was bad. It took 4 mos to disappear.
My goal is to run a 5K marathon maybe this fall, or early next year, I have not ruled it out, and I am going to. You can do anything that you put your mind to, and I am so thankful that I had this done. If I had to do it over again, I would do it again. Yes I am a little stiff here and there, but I am still healing, and if that is all I have and no pain?, I will take it. Good luck to all of you and if you ever want to talk, let me know. I know what you are going through. Take Care Lori
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