Hi! This is my first comment/question. I am 4 weeks out from TLIF L3-S1. My recovery has been a breeze! After 5 days in the hospital, I was thrilled that my pain level was 0/1 at rest and no more than a 3/4 after PT exercises. I could walk 200 yds. My surgeon and PT were very pleased. Then last week, with my surgeon's approval, I prepared to leave for Florida for 6 months (better than Buffalo, NY for recovery!). I packed for 3 days with what I thought was a leisurely pace and minimal light lifting. Then, there was the 6 hour travel day (but I had w/c service constantly and didn't lift any bags, however I did sit a lot on the 2 1/2 hour plane ride - only got up to do PT exercises twice). THEN, when I arrived in Florida, I spent 4 days with my 11 month old great goddaughter that I lifted and played with A LOT.
I am very stiff and sore now and back on Percocet. Pain can be a 7/8 with PT/walking. The worst part is, I can only walk about 35 yds. I have regressed a lot. I know many of you have had torturous rehab and recovery and my heart and prayers go out to you!! But can you find it in your hearts to give me any insight/tips/admonishments on how I can get back on track? Did I really mess up or will I start to improve again? How long?
Thanks for ANY input and good luck and good thoughts to all of you!