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Spinal fusion (L4-L5-S1) and decompression

I had a spinal fusion (L4-L5-S1) and decompression on March 25th after being in pain (on and off) for about 4-5 years.
Surgery went OK although a few complications (pneumothorax and chest infection) gave me high fever and made me stay in the I.C. unit for several nights.

I am now back at home and the recovery can start.

I must admit recovery is very hard for me. There is hardly anything I can do on my own.

I am on Pregabalin and Oxycontin which make me fly all day long ;)

Today I went out for the 1st time after surgery and I was feeling crap.
I am afraid of the crowd and can hardly walk. Must walk strange because everyone was looking at me.

Anyone going through the same at this moment?




  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • MaximummyMMaximummy Posts: 77
    edited 04/12/2014 - 7:47 AM
    Hi .... I am 7 weeks post op for same 2levels fusion with rods, cages, laminectomy, cyst etc ... To be out in crowded places so soon makes me feel ill just thinking about it! You are in the very, very early stages of recovery and perhaps, like me, you have not quite accepted just how major your op was in terms of when you will begin yo feel better. As well as the actual surgery, your infection will have also slowed you right down. Keep up your meds so that you avoid pain building up ... Take them regularly. I am still taking them, though reducing the dosage, but under supervision. Try a short walk ... Perhaps just ten minutes, but a couple of times a day rather than one longer, exhausting outing. I still find if I go out in a car, an hour in a coffee shop or something is more than enough. I try to do what I can in the morning, rest an hour or so after lunch .... I was sleeping after lunch a couple of hours for the first month or so, and am still ready for bed by about 9.30 at night. I get a bit frustrated, but did notice feeling a bit better by six weeks. If they gave you a corset ... Wear it ! It will stop you moving too much in the wrong way and get a grabber rod if you don't have one ... Fantastic help. You don't say if you are alone or not, but I also found the a smallest things hard at first and still need lots of help with daily chores and a total rethink on where things I need have to be placed or I have yo leave them ... Cannot bend and I find it hard to touch down even if I keep my back straight as my legs are weak after years of nerve pain. You WILL improve but it takes time and I find it does not go in a straight line for more than a few days at a time before I get overtired or some nerve pain kicks off for a few days as my newly awakened nerves come to life! Good luck and use the Forum for encouragement as I do.
  • I'm nearly four months post op after a 360 L4-L5 L5-S1 fusion and decompression. I didn't have any surgical complications and am doing pretty well now. Hopefully, each day will get easier and you will feel some pain relief soon.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • Yeah had the same surgery except my was a 9 hr procedure
    It's going to hurt for a while I started by using a walker to get around the house I didn't try to go outside until my next doc Appt. Even doing that hurt like hell back spasms all the time. It will take time don't worry to much it's not up to you its your back that calls the Shots almost a year later now and I'm going back to work next month good luck and find some friends or family to help in the mean time.
    Bilal Reynolds
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