Hello all I am new to the forum and just been feeling frustrated with the slow recovery that accompanies this surgery. I am just over 90 days out from an anterior/posterior fusion of L5/S1 with a graft from my iliac crest. I am doing pretty well with everything I just have days that I get extremely sore and frustrated because I want to be back to who I was before this surgery. I am 35 years old so I am dying to get back to work although I was told not to go back to nursing assistant work so I'm not sure what I will be doing when I get cleared.
Right now I can sit for about 1 hour before I am squirming in my seat from pain. I had to take my daughter to an awards ceremony and it was about 2 hours long and I was pretty much in agony by the end. I get this pain which feels like it starts in my butt bone and then shoots up to my lower back. I think the most I have stood without sitting is close to 3 hours and I was pretty sore after that. I guess I wonder what prospects I have for work when I'm hurting after 2-3 hours!!!!!
I am also having issues with nerve damage from my hip graft which my surgeon has said should lessen in time. That is extremely painful when it happens feels like a white hot knife ripping down the outer aspect of my thigh. I went several weeks without that pain and then suddenly out of nowhere it's acting up again. Nerve pain is just awful.
My next appointment is coming up in a few weeks so I am hoping to hear I have bone growth and see what my prospects are for working or possibly starting PT. I am doing most everything I did before surgery just not lifting or bending. My upper back gets extremely sore as if it's not used to holding itself up!
All I am taking currently is Tylenol.
Thanks for listening.