Hello, I'm a newbie! I have been reading posts here off and on for two years, and the information has been much appreciated. Last week, after dealing with the pain and discomfort for a good five years, I scheduled a L4-5 Fusion for early November. My primary concern is returning to work: I cannot be off more than 4-5 weeks, because I have two children in college.
I have been told that recovery can be really tough. How tough?
And-any back brace I wear to work cannot be visible from underneath my clothing. I have found a few braces made for smaller females (I am 5'2, 135 lbs) but my doctor is concerned that anything flat to my back will not be as solid as those monstrosities some surgeons try to force patients to purchase.
Any suggestions? Advice?