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L2 -S1 decompression for spinal stenosis

BigbearPDXBBigbearPDX Posts: 2
edited 04/17/2014 - 5:24 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi folks I'm male 49 and in week 9 after a L2-S1 decompression for spinal stenosis. Not a small surgery I've been told. Recovery has not been very easy for me, they were expecting 3 weeks, but I did not get back to work part time until last week and this week. Steroids made me confused and anxious, so I used Norco and Clorazepate, now only using ibuprofen 800mg very 8 hours. I also fell twice in week one after surgery and week 5, X-rays showed no damage. What I am fighting in bad fatigue even after working four hours, and I'm to start physical therapy 3 times a week next week, no therapy since April 2, as I had a visit it the ER for pain on the opposite side of surgery site. I know I am very early in the process of healing, but I am still having pain on my spine near the incision, what I've been reading here is possible scar tissue on the nerve root, and it takes tIme for that to improve. To be honest I'm a. It scared to go back to my desk job full time and do PT as well. I do have a grade 1 spondolisthesis at L4 that the surgeon said did not need to be fused at this time, but I do need to take off 50 lbs or so or within 5 years it may be indicated, I'm 6ft1 and 300lbs right now. Has anyone else had this type of surgery or can give me some advice on recovery from it? Thanks!


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