I'm 12 weeks post op from a L4/L5 PLIF, and I am finally feeling positive about the surgery. My doc kept telling me I would feel "normal" in 3 months, but I just couldn't see that happening, after the problems I had in the past couple months. I go back to him Nov. 21st, and he said we would talk about the "bending and twisting" then, and where I go from here.
My normal day starts out around 6am and I'm pain free. I'm taking care of the house while I'm home and my wife is working. No issues there. Mid day, I occasionally venture out onto the farm and climb on the tractor and brush hog, with the doctors blessings, of course. His instructions are, "if it hurts, don't do it", and "lift all you want to, if it doesn't hurt", but DON'T BEND OR TWIST. I only have pain, when I do something that I know I shouldn't be doing, or if I make an abrupt move unexpectedly. The leg pain I've experienced for several years is gone now. No numbness or tingling either. My strength is SLOWLY coming back. I'm a construction worker, so I'm used to hard work.
Now the embarrassing part. I'm not sure what all the surgery can/should affect. I've been treated for the past several years for prostate issues, which most have seemed to be gone since surgery. I had a biopsy just before my back surgery that came back negative. I have symptoms of BPH and other sexual issues associated with the prostate. My BPH issues are pretty much non existent now, and as for the sexual issues, I feel like I'm at least 15 years younger. (I'm 51 now) I have had a few fears though, when I've had erections that have lasted 45 minutes or more. Can't explain any of it, but the only change has been with the disc fusion. Has anyone else had similar experiences after surgery?? I'm definitely not complaining, but I still have to question it. I go back to my urologist next month, and I'm anxious to see if my PSA has gone down as well.
Can the back surgery control issues with the prostate??