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gopro camera-5 year old-skate park = Spinal Fusion Recovery...HELP

gtc1970ggtc1970 Posts: 3
edited 04/21/2014 - 3:51 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello All and good health to you all...or a straight back anyway.
As my title explains ....i am 9 weeks post op from spinal surgery, i crushed my 12th vertebrae so i had a spinal fusion T11 - T13, ive never even stayed a night in a hospital until this accident.
I am 43 years old, male, fairly active but not fit, dont smoke or drink but ive had ankloysing spondylitis for 20 years plus which is controlled by anti inflammitries so back pain is nothing new to me.
Anyhoo my pain has been managed by oxycodndon 20 mg a day.
All well and good so far.
Last week i made the journey back to work, essentially on light duties and since then its been a nightmare with pain and the feeling i just have a massive knot in my back.
All the medical team are very happy with my progress and the rods are looking good etc.
I dont know if this pain is the grin and bear it type that everyone goes through or if i am pushing myself to hard.
Sleep is difficult (but thats been a constant in my life anyway)
I am basically getting home and two hours later either asleep on the sofa or i have gone to bed.
Any advice or just someone to tell me to get my **EDITED** together would be appreciated.
I am normally a positive self starter sort of guy but man alive i am struggling at the moment.
Thanks in advance from Gary in Australia
who will never be allowed near a scooter or a skate park again.

Post edited by Sandi- the use of foul, obscene or vulgar language is NOT permitted on Spine Health.


  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 04/21/2014 - 12:26 PM
    Gary i'm from Australia and pushed through work for 7 years in incredible pain. I was much the same as you, went to work, came home, went to bed, woke up, waited til the pain killers kicked in and got up for work. My weekends were spent lying flat on my back.

    It wasn't really a life. it was a living nightmare. I finally decided to give up work. It's the best thing I ever did. When you have pain like this you have plenty of time to reevaluate your life. Too much time really. I decided my priorities weren't slaving my backside off every day working - then dying. Didn't see much point.

    I lost a lot of money leaving work early and still have not gone on disability even though the papers have been signed for over a year. For me it was really the only option. I moved to a place I loved - sold my house and bought another one - that really was difficult because of all the cleaning and maintenance involved but now I'm where I want to be.

    I had a motorbike accident as well and never got better. It's your decision. 9 weeks out from spinal surgery isn't long. Look after yourself at the start or it will be worse later on. I went back to work 3 times and the Dr's kept telling me I needed more time off. I wish I hadn't pushed myself after the accident. Luckily I had about 7 months holiday as I never took a day off before this.

    Your health is the most important thing. Take it easy to start. It's not worth wrecking your health.

    It's up to you. I was tired of doing more damage to my spine. No-one really cared nor understood the pain. They watched me organise conferences for 300 people and didn't lift a finger to help. In the end I decided if I didn't look after myself no-one else would.

    It's a tough decision and by the end I really had no choice. I was devastated at first, but have plenty to do. I am starting to put my life slowly together again after 8 years in the pain wilderness.
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 04/21/2014 - 3:57 PM
    The key to a successful recovery is knowing when to push things a bit and when to slow down a bit.......there are stages to recovery from spine surgery, and there are times where you tend to hit a plateau, and you need to push things a little to get past that.......
    That being said, you are only 9 weeks post op from a two level fusion surgery, so my suggestion would be to take frequent breaks , changing positions a bit more often, and work your way back up to your previous activity level........surgery takes the wind out of our sails, and it does take a bit of time to get our stamina back and our bodies to get accustomed to doing our previous activity levels. The best advice my surgeon gave me about resuming activity levels, was if it hurts, then slow down, you are doing too much too early......
  • hello thanks for the kind replies
    as an update it was confirmed i have osteoporosis, so seeing a specialist next month.
    on ward and upward as they say (with good posture of course)
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