I am just over one month into recovery from a 3 level spinal fusion (S1,L5,L4,L3). Doc did anterior approach so I have scars on the front and back. Pain, thankfully, has not been bad and the last couple weeks I have barely needed anything stronger than a muscle relaxer and tylenol. Its been 48 hours since my last narcotic dose (yay! my bowels will thank me)
I am curious if anyone else has had strange side effects from using the Orthofix Bone Stimulator. At 3 weeks (and I was doing awesome) Doc fit it to me, prescribed two hours a day for 3 months. Aside from being annoying to have to remember it, it doesn't cause any immediate or obvious problems. Its not heavy, doesn't hurt when I wear it and really isn't uncomfortable.
However, the day after using it, I find myself weak - as in barely enough energy to use the bathroom. I also get cold sweats -- not able to get my body temperature to a right level. If I go a couple days not wearing it, I start feeling normal again. However, its supposed to speed up the healing process. I do tend to worry so Hubby thinks that the symptoms are all coincidence or psychosomatic because it is not supposed to cause ANY side effects. I suppose it could be coincidence but I've been experimenting with it off and on for a couple weeks.
Or are the cold sweats and weakness just part of the game at this juncture?