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