All kind posters who are so helpful and encouraging. I am now 10 weeks post op, bilateral fusion L4/L5 and L5/S1 TLIF with nerve decompressions, disc out and cage in, cyst out, veins cleared and right S1 facet joint removed .....
I am, on the good side, no longer taking any OxyContin and am down to lesser drugs as and when I need them up to four times a day, but do still need the nerve pain drug Amitryptyline and am told it will be the last drug to go ... Just as well as on the worse side, I am having quite a lot of sciatica down the right leg. Immediately post op this went for about a month .... But I know from everything I am reading that this is not unusual ... Just frustrating and not easy to put up with. Could it be that the more I am able to do now is making this worse or is it just the nerves regenerating and will happen even if I lay resting all day?
Last night I made dinner for friends ... Only two people! I didn't rush to get up in the morning, did some very easy things to eat and the rested in the afternoon. I did the cooking and my husband did all the washing up, laying the table etc and got out any pans and dishes I needed and made sure all the food I needed was not down at the bottom of the fridge so I didn't bend.
Felt fantastic doing what I enjoy .... Today will be a quiet day with no grandchildren until tomorrow to give me a restful day.
This morning the downside is I I woke with leg pain at 5.30 and feel tired and base of my spine also sore and aching .... Still paying for what I do the day before which is a bit demoralising but like everybody says here on the forum, any progress is still progress and something I could not have done a week back.
I am still in the corset which is just as well because I find I can move more easily now and I have to remind myself not to BLT ..
As I said, the sciatica has been getting worse andI also have sore calves and some tingling, numb toes etc. The same two toes have been numb from the start but I can feel the floor so not worried.
I have a very bad arthritic right knee and this is stopping me walking much and the stairs are very difficult. I am not walking anywhere near as much as many others on this forum are which does worry me and unfortunately I have put weight on since the op so I feel I am dragging a heavy load. It is hard to be motivated to eat more sensibly when you are in pain and feeling down! I have been told I have only one third of the cartilage left in my right knee and now it warrants a knee replacement ..... Very depressing as I am only 58 and wanted to avoid this as long as possible. However, I feel what is the benefit to me of all I have been through with my back and the very long recovery from that still way ahead when I cannot walk from my blasted knee? !!!! I have had the knee drained of fluid five times since last November .... I was take off the Naproxen when I had the op for six weeks ... Back on it now but I can see the arthritis in my feet and hands and knees did not like being off it.
Seeing my surgeon for follow up and X-ray on May 21st and hope then he will let me ditch the corset and start some Pilates type exercise to get back I shape ... I have found a trainer who specialises in rehab for backs and has had fusion surgery himself. I hate the thought of it all, but am better when actually doing it and I realise my chances of a good result here will be better if I make myself do it.
Stiff upper lip needed as we Brits say ... Just get on with it!