I hope this message finds you well!
5 years ago I had a microdiscectomy at the L4-5 level. In 6 weeks I am having a double fusion at the L-4 & L5-S1 levels. I am curious about recovery experiences. If anybody would like to share their experience or give any advice that would be great. I am a 31 year female, healthy (other than my back) and have done anything and everything for my back thus far (yoga, pilates, exercise, physio, stretching, acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, cupping etc.). Surgery is my only option for my pain level etc. I am currently on the Butrans patch (narcotic) and take T-3's for breakthrough pain.
I have been told that I will have a 6 month recovery. 3 months of recovery without physio and then after three months physio & exercise.
A few questions to ponder: How did you feel after the surgery? How long did it take you to go off your medication? Did you dose down on your meds right away? When did you start walking? What were you like after a month, two or three? Any advice or suggestions on recovery is welcome:)
Thanks so much:)