I'm about 4 months removed from having a posterior interbody fusion of the disc between L5 and S1.
when i first when in to have the surgery it was suppose to be anterior but once they got in and moved everything aside.... i had a blood vessel right in the way and they didnt want to risk damage to it. They put me back together and when i came to told me that they were not able to perform the surgery. i thought they were joking at first but then they explained what happened.
so i had to go back in a week to have the posterior procedure done. so i have a nice C section scar for nothing!!!
The procedure went fine with no complications. The recover has been slow as i have had to deal with the healing on both sides. i'm aware that had the anterior been successful i would be much further in my recovery.
so here i am four months out. i started PT at one place but after 2 weeks decided to leave there. they were unprofessional and very vanilla with their program design.
the new place i'm at is wonderful. they are very professional and the program is very custom to my situation. it seems to be going well and progressing. The only problem i have is pain still.
i cannot sleep in my bed still. i am forced to sleep in the recliner i had to purchase right after surgery. i tried the pillows everywhere and every position. any length of time and i can barely move after i get up. it's super frustrating and i just don't get it. i got a massage the other day and it was the same thing... i dont know what to do at this point!! i feel like the pain should be going away and i should be able to do much more than i have been. my dr keeps telling me the pain is normal and is okay but i'm starting to have my doubts. i'm 32 years old... i was in great shape considering the back pain i had....and i'm just frustrated and stuck. i need some light at the end of tunnel and i'm just not sure it's there!!!!!!!!
Any feedback or input would be great!! thanks for the support.