8 weeks post op lumbar fusion L4-S1

8 weeks post op lumbar fusion L4-S1

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8 weeks post op lumbar fusion L4-S1

Please if anyone could let me know if they had surgery and how they did around this time I would appreciate it. I am around 71/2 week post op of my double fusion L4-S1. I am still in pain and can only walk for about 7-10 minutes on the treadmill 3 times a week. I spend half the day down and half the day up. I hurt if I do to much. I was told no PT at this point. After my laminectomy I was in PT at 6 weeks but not this surgery I guess. I am on Lyrica for nerve pain, which I was hoping I wouldn't have any more after surgery. NS said just angry nerves, too much scar tissue from first lami 4 years ago and staph infection that set in after that surgery. Should I push myself to do more even though I pay for it the next day and end up in bed more or should I be happy with this slow progress? Any advice I really appreciate. So sorry all of us that have this struggle. Take care all.

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Lisa

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Hi Lisa. I can relate. First, you need to know if what you have is "bone pain" from the surgery, or "muscle spasms," which is a tight and painful "squeezing" sort of feeling. I was like you (in bed a lot) until about 7 weeks, but I also had a post-op stress fracture at S1 (and they are still debating going back in if it doesn't heal correctly). But at seven weeks, I was fed up and decided to do whatever I could to break the muscle pain/spasms. I am now at nearly 3 months, still with lots of muscle pain, but I'm getting around, although I can't be on my feet more than 30 minutes at a time, at best. I do a lot of practicing standing straight, and breathing and other mental work.
Here is a good way to know if it is bone versus muscular: when you first get up in the morning, or after a good rest, do you feel basically okay? Then after a few minutes, does the pain begin to set in? Is the pain surrounding your spine but not on your spine? Then it is likely mostly muscle pain. I've been told this can take a very long time to resolve. I'm frustrated, too.
dana

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EDIT: SORRY FOR THE MULTI POSTS!!! I had hit post comment then decided to ask for more info so as I typed it kept posting, very sorry.

How old are you? I am post 2 weeks PLIF L2-L5 and start PT this upcoming Monday.

Reason I ask age is because it makes a difference in treatment plans for most.

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How old are you? I am post 2 weeks PLIF L2-L5 and start PT this upcoming Monday.

Reason I ask age is because it makes a difference in treatment plans for most.

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How old are you? I am post 2 weeks PLIF L2-L5 and start PT this upcoming Monday.

Reason I ask age is because it makes a difference in treatment plans for most.

It seems

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How old are you? I am post 2 weeks PLIF L2-L5 and start PT this upcoming Monday.

Reason I ask age is because it makes a difference in treatment plans for most.

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How old are you? I am post 2 weeks PLIF L2-L5 and start PT this upcoming Monday.

Reason I ask age is because it makes a difference in treatment plans for most.

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How old are you? I am post 2 weeks PLIF L2-L5 and start PT this upcoming Monday.

Reason I ask age is because it makes a difference in treatment plans for most.

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It seems every doctor is different

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