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7 months post-op Lumbar Spinal fusion, still in pain. Any advice?

LouisaLLouisa Posts: 1
edited 01/03/2015 - 10:43 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone. In May 2014 I underwent L5/S1 decompression and fusion for Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis. In the days and weeks that followed surgery, I felt instant relief from the constant pain that I was in and I was delighted. My spondy was fixed, the painful disc was replaced with a spacer and the associated leg and back pain that went with that disappeared. I have stuck to my rehab program religiously, physio twice a week and also a personal trainer that would come to my house to do core exercises and gentle stretches. Unfortunately in spite of my dedication to getting better, about 4 months post-op I started to get a lot of pain again. It was a different pain to what I was used to experiencing, but it felt like a huge kick in the teeth as I was doing everything I possibly could to improve. If I am in a bent position for a few minutes (eg brushing my teeth, washing my face) I cannot straighten up for ages and I end up walking like a hunched over old age pensioner (I'm only 35). I cannot lie flat on my back. I can't even make my bed in the morning as the bending is a killer. My surgeon told me it would take a good year to recover from the surgery so i am still within that timescale, however I just wondered if anyone else is in the same position as I am. Any advice would be gratefully received. Thank you


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