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rich64rrich64 Posts: 53
edited 01/06/2016 - 2:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I went back to work which is in a lab at a hospital the first two weeks are 4 hour shifts . At about the 3 hour I am looking forward to going home. The longer on my feet the worse it is it like my lower back hurts bad and last night at work the pain was going down my legs and if i move certain way pain is very sharp. the two weeks are coming to a end and not sure if I can do 8 hours. i also don't what to lose my job. My doctor said to call him if it was to much. I been taking Tylenol not helping so it seems there is nothing else i can take. i had L4L5 and L5s1 fused in 1999 that was a big surgery 7 hours. i try to remember how it was to see if what i am feeling is normal but it is hard to remember .Today was my first 8 hour day been on 4 hour shift for the last two weeks. 8 hours is to much pain in back and pain going down my leg i had no leg pain before surgery! I had TLIF L3L4 this surgery number 2 I am calling doc today
Had L4L5 and L5s1 fused in 1999
10/27/15 TLIF of L3L4
360 OLIF revision on 7/6/16 for L3L4


  • How long were you off? I had the same surgeries S1-L4 first. One year later I had l3-l4. Both times I was off 3 months due to my type do physical work. I also had a lot of leg pain after the second surgery and was put on lyrica or neurontine for nerve pain in my leg which took away the pain. Did you walk a lot after surgery? They had me walking a lot after about 2 weeks. I think that really helped me but also the medicine for leg pain which I slowly got off after a month. Good luck! It's been 6 years now and the L3-L2 is now worn out. Dr said last week that it needs fused. I give up! Watch what you lift from now on very closely. My X-Ray was fine 2 years ago but within 24 months it's gone. I'm 53 and concerned if I'll ever make it to retirement.
    TLIF L4-S1 2007                                         TLIF L3-L4 2008                                          TLIF L2-L3 2016
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