Hi everyone. I had a 360 fusion at l5-s1 as well as lamenectomy at l4-l5 about 5 weeks ago. I am a 46yo male in decent shape (pear is a shape), actually I work a very sedentary job that sometimes keeps me sitting in my office 12-14 hours per day 6-7 days per week do no, I'm not in good shape. About the only exercise I get its a nightly mile walk with my wife and whatever the puppies put me up to and I don't have the best diet. Basically I'm 5'11" and hovering around 200lbs.
Everytime I go to a follow up appt with my surgeon he goes on and on about how patients have had this surgery and were playing golf 2 weeks later taking a few Tylenol. It really bothered me that at 5 weeks it still feels like I'm learning to walk and do routine things.
I was then talking with s family friend earlier today who also happens to be an orthopedic surgeon and before I could say anything other than the type of surgery I've had and how long ago it was he said"wow that's really early" according to him 2 months is the minimum amount of time and the fact that my surgeon keeps telling me about the guy playing golf 2 weeks after was totally inappropriate.
This past week I tapered down and stopped all narcotics. I am on the tail end of withdrawal but definitely through the worst but I've realized I'm still in alot of pain. I've literally tried to fall asleep in a hot bath, sleep in a chair I have that gives you s massage (not comfortable at all). I feel like during the day I'm doing everything in a bucket of molasses and I still have my leg buckle once in awhile from pain.
So I'm seeing my GP tomorrow and I'm not sure what to do, go back on the pain meds and have to deal with that dreadful withdrawal again? I just don't think I'm strong enough for that. Continue to function as s semi person who can't drive, go to the shops, take my wonderful pups for a walk or start walking with the absolutely most amazing person I've ever met(my wife)? I don't know how long I can take that either. I've asked my PT how long to I'll be able to ride in a car for an hour or walk for a mile and his answer was 6 weeks. I'm feeling s bit wrought and could use some shared experience from anyone who has been through this type of surgery, specifically the 360 fusion. Can anyone give me a real time frame on what to expect?
Thanks so much in advance
KevinFusion recovery one to 3 months