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6 Month Checkup

Just had my six month check up.I had a S1/L5 fussion. The fussion is 75 percent complete. My Doctor removed all restrictions . But I still have pain, numbness in my left leg and tire easily. I have returned to the gym but only able to do a fraction of what I used to do. My job has become very demanding I don't do physical work but have to travel about half the time and put in very long hours. I just hope someday I can function normally agin . My Doctor said in six months I will be much better. Having a hard time believing him. My question is: after a year are any of you back to normal what ever your new normal is ?

Tired and still hurting,



  • Hey- I am only 5 weeks out of an L5/S1 fusion myself and see the surgeon on Tuesday to show him x-rays and to see what he thinks the next course is. I actually am feeling better than I did before surgery but still find myself sore and weak sometimes. We just had a lot of rain and I was told that the pain that I am feeling is because of that and I would 'know the weather' for about a year. I am nervous to go because I am scheduled to go back to work on 6/27 and now I am wondering if that is going to happen, as I haven't done ANY physical therapy. I, personally, feel that I could go back to work- it's just the ride there and back that is going to bother me- I drive an hour each way and sit a lot of the day. I just want to make sure that I am doing the right thing and not re-injuring my back. I am glad to hear that your fusion is 75% complete at 6 months and I am sure that there are others on the forum that will be able to shed some light on your recovery and give you hope and reassurance. :-D
    Olivia Douglass
    MIS TLIF L5/S1 on 5/1/13
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Rfannin5RRfannin5 Posts: 23
    edited 06/09/2013 - 11:53 AM
    I went for my 12wk check up can see a cloudy area were Dr said bone growth has started also started PT last wk 3 sessions been sore afterwards
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