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Three month post op

What a difference a month makes! I had my 3 month post op appointment yesterday. I had a three level lumbar fusion Sept 27th. The X-ray looked perfect so my doctor said I could quit wearing the brace. I ripped it off one second later. No sign of fusion yet but it's still early. I can now start to bend and twist. My pain level is so much better than a month ago. I still take a couple of Norco a day but can see a day where I won't need them. I have zero nerve pain which is great! Just low back, but quite a bit less than before surgery. I can even sit thru a restaurant meal which I haven't been able to in years. I'm walking 2 miles a day and have been cleared to use my elliptical and stationary recumbent bike and lift light weights. All in all, I think I'm one of the success stories. Happy new year everyone.
Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil


  • I meet with my surgeon at 11 this morning to discuss fusion and most likely set a date. I didn't sleep much at all last night ( pain and anxiousness) so it's very refreshing for me to hear a success! I pray that you continue to heal and that the nightmare for you is over :)

    Herniation of l5 S1 l4 , DDD , microdisectomy in June 2013 and re herniation in September
    Cervical herniation at C5-7 Jan 2014 with impingement of spinal cord. 2 level cervical fusion Feb. 2014 and 2 level lumbar fusion in April 2014
  • My fusion was a success overall. It was about 2.5 years ago. I know the road yo recovery can be tough but for me it was worth it. I'm so happy to see someone else doing well. Chronic severe back pain is terrible. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Keep up the walking by the way. It helps a lot!
  • I go for my 6 week check up in Monday. I had my L4-S1. Glad you are doing so well. I am down to two OxyCod a day. I can walk for 1/2 mile or more and now doing cooking and light cleaning. Watching not to bend or twist. I still do tired but getting better each day. Did you do PT? I am going to ask about hydrotherapy ? I hope I follow in your foot steps! Happy New Year
  • No formal PT. My doctor said it was my choice. I told him that I've had so much PT over the years that I could probably teach a class in it. I'm doing it on my own at home. I really credit lots of walking and little upright sitting to my recovery. I have an awesome Swedish leather ergonomic recliner. Not a big squishy one, in fact it's rather hard, but I think it's made mainly for back patients. I love it!
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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