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New here...Questions on spinal surgery

Jaime77JJaime77 Posts: 6
edited 10/21/2015 - 8:58 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello my name is Jaime. I am scheduled to have a spinal fusion on Nov 23. I've never had surgery before so of course I have questions. I just would like to know how was your experience as far as recovery after the surgery? I would love any advice anyone could give me as far as getting prepared for my surgery and after the surgery as well. I'm a little nervous because I am a mom of 3 beautiful children and love to get up with my children. I am a very active person usually. I'm not the type of person that likes to sit still. I'm just really nervous. Any advice would definitely be appreciated. Thank You so much. :-)


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  • DCLife100DDCLife100 Posts: 17
    edited 10/22/2015 - 8:01 AM
    I am new to all this myself. I was always active with awesome career, several young children and more. Now I'm only 35 and 4 weeks post a L5S1 fusion. I am suffering from bad nerve pain in one left and majorly the foot on the same side. Its painful everyday and night. I am hopeful it will eventually go away. My nerves were so irritated from months of aggregation before surgery. From what i have learned some new pains can arise after surgery and nerve pain takes a long time to heal. Recovery means being smart. No bending lifting or twisting until surgeon says ok. Likely at least 6 weeks and very slow movements from there because a fusion takes 3 months to fully fuse and heal. If you over do it before then it could mean a lifetime of horrible pain and more surgery. I have a one and two year old and they moan from to pick them up but i can not until i am at least 2 moths from surgery. RECOVERY SLOW AND LISTEN TO ALL DOC ORDERS. Better for you to be unable to do anything for a few months rather than forever.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
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