Met my 4 month mark on July 11th. There has been a huge difference with my stamina in the last 3 weeks, I seem to have reached a major milestone in recovery! I am finally able to keep up with my family activities without it completley exhusting me. With 5 kids I was starting to worry that I would not be able to keep up this fall with all of our sports, activities and the fact we homeschool.
My leg pain has been gone since about 1 month post op. I still need some meds on occasion either really early in the AM or at night on very active days. My L5/S1 is "very fused" and the L4L5 is "coming along nicely". So I am happy with that. I had all of my "restrictions" regarding weight limit, twisting, bending lifted a month ago. I have not had any problems with any activity.
I am still in PT but down to once a week as I have learned most of the exercises and can do them on my own at home. My incision is still a little sore and my bowels are still thrown for a loop but hopefully this will all get resolved in the next couple of months.
Overall I feel I have reached a turning point and am finally starting to feel like my old self! Yea!! I have so missed my busy, active life and even though I am not 100% I know that at this point I will be.
I am so glad that I did this. It was so hard to decide and I put it off for so long as I was terrified. Even though it was the hardest thing I have ever done, I am forever grateful that my outcome has been good and given me my old life back.
I can't thank everyone here enough for all the support you have given me. For anyone waiting to have surgery, do not ever give up hope. I am here for anyone who needs to talk.
Take care all!