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Another rough patch, 5 weeks post lumbar fusion

Finally in my 5th week post single level fusion I'd begun to feel better, after getting over last weekend's virus/fever, and I am not superstitious BUT I think I jinxed myself! I started to tell people yesterday morning that it was the 4th day in a row I woke up feeling good. Then I hurt myself when I -flew- up the stairs on hearing a piece of furniture fall over in my sons' room. The boys turned out to be fine, but before I even heard their screams I was running up the stairs 2 and 3 at a time by instinct. Ouch! The last 24 hours have reminded me of how I felt in the beginning. Maybe not week one, but certainly week two pain again.

To top it off, despite the oxycontin I am experiencing a migraine complete with nausea (unless that's from the oxy, directly or indirectly?). Feeling very sorry for myself. And trying not to believe I will never be without pain and mobile again. This is about my 4th month in bed, having spent some time unable to walk, waiting for surgery. I'm Sure there are others out there who have it even worse than me. My surgery buddies seem to have stopped logging in to the thread, and I hope that is because they continue to do better than me on this path...

Would be grateful for recovery buddy(ies). Anyone else out there?


  • Hi,
    I am so sorry to hear of your setback! I am 10 weeks post PLIF fusion, and am feeling very discouraged. I too had some sort of virus last weekend, and keep hoping to wake up and have the pain be improved but I don't feel much improvement since about week 4 or so. I am having a hard time working and missing a lot. I went back on a reduced schedule about 4 weeks post-op - I get tired so easily though. I spent this week mostly in bed. You are not alone - and I am further along than you! Have you done PT yet? I start next Wednesday, and also go to see a pain management dr next week. I feel like my surgeon has been horrible in follow up - they keep saying everything is fine. He told me I'd be off work 2 weeks and then feeling great - which has not been the case! How about your surgeon?
  • Hi! Thank you so much for replying. My surgeon was a little more realistic with his estimate of when I'd start feeling better enough to resume normal activities: 4-6 wks. At my 3 wk followup visit it was clear I was probably not going to be a 4 weeker, but could still look forward to the six week mark (the coming Thursday). I worked full time for many years, but as my kids got older I found I was stretched too thin, so I'm working toward being able to be full time mom again. My kids are 6, 6, and 8.

    Anyway, am surprised and very impressed you went back to work at all in week 4! And that you were told 2 weeks?? OMG. Maybe you will feel better to know you are not so far behind as they'd have you think.

    I bet PT and the pain management specialist will be just what you need to help you round the corner. I've been doing (gentle) PT since week 2, and did it for months prior to surgery, and think very highly of it.

    I, too have also been surprised about how much rest my body insists on. It's depressing! I've been advised to listen and sleep when I feel inclined. I imagine it'll get me to healthy faster if I do.

    This recovery process requires so much patience, and I don't always have it. It's sometimes lonely and scary and depressing. Not all the time, I have ups in addition to the downs for sure. But it's nice to be able to connect with penpals who are going through the same thing, to compare notes and share encouragement!
  • duckgirldduckgirl Posts: 252
    edited 01/16/2016 - 9:56 AM
    Hi Momdown - thanks for your encouragement and reply! It is definitely nice to connect with others in similar situations. While I did go back after 4 weeks, some days I'd last 4 hours, sometimes 6, some days - I couldn't work at all. Last week, I only made it into the office one day. My work situation is unique because I am partners with my dad, so it isn't like I have to worry about losing my job, etc.

    3 kids that age must keep you busy! I'm 34, and moved into my parents' house temporarily for recovery. I will probably try to go back to my home next weekend. I live alone so my parents have been a huge help.

    That is encouraging PT has helped you. I did some PT last year, but I think it was too intense and I would leave always in pain. They had me doing exercises I did when I worked with a personal trainer -- which I wasn't ready for. I am trying out a different place this time! Anyway, hope you have a great weekend!
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