Hello, my name is Oliver.
I am 26 years old. I required an L5-S1 Laminotomy and Spinal Fusion six months ago. I have attended physical therapy sessions 3 days a week for four months post-surgery. Though no longer attending physical therapy at an institute, I stretch daily and continue the exercises 3 days a week minimum. My doctor told me at my last visit (2 months ago), I should start being able to do the things I used to do with some pain but it would eventually go away. It hasn't. I used to play hockey. My doctor knows that. I started skating again, not playing games or even using a hockey stick, but just skating. It went alright, I'm nowhere close to competing, however, I can't even cough or sneeze without cringing! Putting screws in a bookshelf made my back hurt for three days! A full day of sitting in class (I'm in college) is the worst. I haven't been on pain killers in nearly 1 1/2 months; My doctor says at this point I should be seeing improvement and the pain should subside. I signed up on this website because I feel like I've hit a plateau. If I compare month 2 of recovery till now (month 6), I don't feel like the pain has decreased. My CT-scan and X-rays show everything is normal. I don't overly exert myself. What's the deal?
This is greatly affecting my life. My overall mood has changed. I feel tired all day most days. I am recently married and my sex life is almost non-existent because it's simply too painful. I've looked up forums, but haven't really found someone near my age (I probably haven't looked hard enough) with a similar surgery going through the same ordeal? I guess at this point I need to hear that at 6 months, feeling a decent amount of pain is normal? If I could compare the pain to something; imagine a hard leg workout, the muscle soreness the next couple days - my back feels like that all day most days. Yes I ice it!