I would just like some reassurance and advice from fellow peers who have gone through spine surgery. I have had chronic pain for 4 + years. Turns out I had very thick ligaments hiding the nerve compression at L5 and S1 levels as well as the thecal sac. All the MRI's I had over the years showed no problems. I finally found a neurologist that saw very minimal compression. So, I was initially just supposed to have an l5-s1 foraminotomy but when they opened me up they saw more compression along the nerve root. Dr said I had a ligament stuck to the nerve as well. OK fine. It has been 10 WEEKS since the surgery and I am really getting depressed. I was given a time frame of 18 months for my nerves to heal....UGH !!! Being a busy person who works full time and is a wife and mother..etc..it's so HARD for me to not be able to do what I used to. I felt as though I was "getting better" (@2-3
pain level for about 3 hours in the morning)but then I was sent to Aqua Therapy 2 weeks ago. Driving and sitting were extremely painful for me before surgery and now STILL after 10 weeks since the surgery IT KILLS to DRIVE and SIT !!!!! The Aqua therapist pushed me too hard (told her i was in a lot of pain) and after only 3 PT sessions..I feel like my recovery was pushed back weeks !! I have since stopped PT and the dr said he wanted to see me right away (well his right away is a week from when I called the dr to tell them PT was killing me). So I will see the dr this coming Monday. But what will he say ? Be patient ?? I know in my heart there is more wrong with me. Maybe compression at another level that is hidden..compression in the seat bone area ? maybe? I am afraid he will tell me AGAIN that I have to just be patient....I cant ..at 10 weeks post op I feel that I should not still be in constant pain regardless of activity level. And to ad insult to injury...my work disability insurance company is giving me such a hard time. They say I have extended the amount of time they allow for the surgery I had. OK , did they have their back sliced open and have ligaments and bone removed !!! It's so frustrating !!! I am a hard worker...i worked through all the years of pain..but they make me feel like I am doing something wrong bc I had surgery and am still suffering !! WOW..this turned into a venting session.. Sorry. I would appreciate any feedback , advice, etc about the surgery and recovery ....... TIA !!!!!!