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Grade 2 Sondylolisthesis - 3 mos post- op

Due to a car accident 4 yrs ago I developed grade 2 Sondylolisthesis. I had no choice about having my surgery, it was that or an eventual wheelchair. When we (my husband & I ) went in for the surgery we didn't know that my condition was as bad as it was. It was 41 days from MRI to surgery & things had gotten twice as bad, so it was twice the procedure expected. Top that off with the fact that with anesthesia did not go well. It took nearly 4 hours for them to get me to breath on my own after surgery. This has all very traumatic.

So here I am 3 months post-op having had a Caliber implant at L4-5 w/ Revere instrumentation L3 to L5. I am 55 & have remained very active & fit my whole life. I am an A type personality & this very unexpected experience has thrown my world into a tailspin. I have been through my own personal odyssey of pain & healing. I am suffering with post-op depression, guilt, pain & fear. I loath living this way.

Pain rules my life. It is the 1st thought every morning as I wake with it or it wakes me. I have been in PT for about 6 weeks now. The pain has localized and changed, but seemingly ever present. I have started working with meditation to deal with it. I have a very low tolerance for the narcotics prescribed, so I try to minimize their use. They give me side effects that are almost as bad as the pain, so I am seeking alternatives for pain management.

I have been out of work for 3 months. I am hoping to return to work part-time next week. I am still experiencing a lot of pain and I can't get out to run simple errands or get up to perform light house chores for more than an hour right now. I have to return to work or risk loosing my job. I have my next (2nd) post-op appt. with my surgeon at the beginning of the week & I am sorta freaking-out because my husband & I both thought I would be much better by now. Taking this all a day at a time, but not very gracefully.

Sending healing love to your pain.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 10/31/2013 - 10:54 AM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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