I am new to this forum and am hoping to hear from others that have undergone multilevel fusion. I underwent an anterior-posterior fusion in early October. My surgeon led me to believe that by December, I would be back at work full- time.
I live by myself and as much as I try to be totally compliant with "no BLT" - at times I have no choice but to do things I shouldn't. I try to be as careful as I can whenever I have to overdo it. I recently had X-Rays and fortunately, I haven't screwed anything up.
I still have a lot of pain in my lower back - in some ways worse than before the surgery as it is constant. I also have pain and numbness of both anterior thighs (the thigh problems happened immediately after surgery).
When do things get better? Does the numbness go away? I have not gotten an explanation from my surgeon about why my thighs hurt and are numb. I assume the cause is trauma to the nerves from the surgery - but I want to know whether it is temporary. And when will it improve. Sometimes my thighs get incredibly itchy, but no amount of scratching helps.
I would love to hear from others that have had similar surgery. I underwent this surgery so I could have a life - but now I feel like I have ruined any chance of having any life at all.