This is my first post. I've been reading all of your stories and it's really helped me know what to expect. I had ALIF L5-S1 four weeks and 2 days ago. My issue began with a ruptured disc and subsequent microdiscectomy about 2 1/2 years ago. I jumped through all the hoops (PT, steroids, epidural,medication, etc.) and finally ended up with fusion. I a 42 year old reasonably fit female. I don't do crossfit or run marathons, but I maintain a healthy weight and try to eat reasonably.
So far the surgery and recovery have been much easier than I expected!! I was up and walking less than six hours after my surgery. PT tried to give me a walker, but I didn't need any assistance. I was able to walk up and down stairs on my first post-op day.
I now wear an LSO brace and avoid prolonged sitting. I feel great. Minimal back pain and intermittent leg/ nerve pain. I take about 2 vicodins a day and sleep fine. I won't be back to work for another 6 weeks since I'm off for the summer. I'd like to be off all pain meds (I'm so tired of pills and side effects), but I can't make it through without a little help just yet.
I guess my biggest concern is if/when is this nerve pain going to subside? Anyone else who had horrific radiculopathy? Does it go away?
Best wishes to all of you!