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Hi! My name is Polly. I am a 31 yr old mom of 4 (1yr old twin girls, 3yr old boy & 7yr old girl) and wife to my amazing Husband.

I am on day 9 post op of a L5-S1 fusion (PLIF) I am experiencing quite a lot of pain and numbness in my hips. They did harvest bone from my left hip, but i am having numbness and pinching in both hips and so much back and leg pain.

I have no idea what to expect and I am looking for someone who might be able to shed some light on what i am going through and what I might should expect from here on out.

If anyone is willing to talk with me about this further i would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you in advance,


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I have to say that you're very, very early out from major surgery. With a lumbar surgery, it tends to (but not always) get worse before it gets better as the (internal) anesthesia wears off and your body gets used to your new hardware, and as it revolts against the invasive nature of the procedure.

    After both of my lumbar surgeries, I had horrible nerve pain for weeks after them, to the point of needing a walker. This is not like breaking a leg and having surgery to get it fixed. Many things have taken pace during surgery involving nerves, bones and tissue that it's all affected. One of the things people tend to forget that if you get a laminectomy (I had two), it's basically sawing off that bone at the back of your spine so in that way it hurts like a broken bone.

    Generally speaking, it takes about 6 months to start feeling decent again and a year to get back to normal. I know it seems like a long time and it may not take that long for you, but don't worry about how much time it takes. Baby steps - measure your recovery in weeks, not days.

    I think you're doing fine, just keep to your restrictions strictly! They really are important and with children around, I know it hard to keep from bending, lifting and twisting. But you must.

    Take care and keep us posted.
  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 10/09/2013 - 3:01 PM
    I know how difficult it is to recover from spine surgery with children. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but things might get worse before they get better for reasons Cathie stated. Just keep in mind though that you have come so far. Every day your recovery gets shorter.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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