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KathRN09KKathRN09 Posts: 1
edited 06/21/2015 - 9:08 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi All,
I have been creeping on this forum for quite sometime and think it is the greatest thing ever! It is so hard to find support when one's friends are young and don't understand back pain. I have felt very alone. I am scheduled for an ALIF fusion next month L5S1 after having a laminectomy/distectomy/foraminotomy a year ago with little help. I have so many worries about the procedure. Can anyone tell me how long it took you to feel somewhat "Normal" again? Were the back spasms terrible? Did you find the pain medication made the recovery bearable? How long were your restrictions for no bending? I have little ones and I am terrified. However, I am at a point of unbearable pain.

Thank you!!!

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  • fruitterffruitter Posts: 3
    edited 06/25/2015 - 2:48 AM
    Hi, all
    I am 31 years old and 3 and 1/2 weeks post-op after ALIF on my L5/S1 discs. I also have a young son and a very active life. I was told no bending, lifting or twisting for 3 months. I was prescribed 325/10 mg Norco, 2 pills every 4 hours and 5 mg Valium, 1 pill every 6 hours when I left the hospital. At 2 weeks post op I was only taking one Norco maybe every other day and that was usually at night just to get comfortable. I was still taking the Valium pretty regularly at that time because the spasms were still happening quite often. Now, at 3 and 1/2 weeks after surgery, I have completely stopped the Norco and take a Valium only before longer car rides or after I have over done it. Over doing it seems to be an issue over this last week, as I have days where I feel really good (short or some left over nerve tingling in my foot) and forget to slow down. I was taking Tramadol before surgery and was told I could continue to take that if needed. I do take that at times, also when I've over done it and it eases the pain for the most part. I find most of my pain to be in my hips and at my incision site. Although the initial pain after surgery was intense, especially in the area of the incision, it was nothing compared to the shooting nerve pain that traveled all the way down my legs and to my toes and was accompanied by tingling and numbness that never stopped. The pre-surgery pain got worse as the days went by and the post surgery pain is a much different pain that gets better daily. It's not easy and definitely painful but so far my surgery was a wise decision and what I think was my best option and I am currently happy with my results. I can only hope that things keep improving. Good luck to all on this same journey!

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  • I was 49 when I had ALIF surgery L5-S1 and I am 5 months post surgery. I am so glad that I did the surgery. Prior to surgery I had nerve pain in my lower back that made it difficult to do much at all. After surgery the nerve/back pain was gone. The incision did hurt a little but not near as bad as the nerve pain. I did exactly what the doctors said - no bending, lifting or twisting for 3 weeks. I did not need to take any pain meds after the 3rd day or after I left the hospital. I started back doing an aqua fit class at the 5th week. I was back to my regular workouts at 6 weeks. I feel great with the exception of periodic nerve pain down my right calf and periodic sore joints. I can't sit too long or I get very stiff but once I move around I am fine. Moving is the best thing for me. Good luck with your continued recovery and I hope you feel glad that you did the surgery too!

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