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HOPE!

How many times I visited this forum during my recovery! I am now 2 years out from anterior/posterior lumbar fusion surgery (L5 S1) for spondylothesis.  I spent over a year bouncing around between doctors with right leg pain that was misdiagnosed as a hamstring injury.  When I finally got in front of the right doctor, I had sciatic (L5) damage.  My recovery was long, I was frustrated, became depressed, and lost hope of ever getting back to my active lifestyle.  To everyone going through a similar, long recovery , have hope.  Measure your improvements in months, not days or weeks.  It was slow for me and often times I found myself back to 'square' one.  It is important to have support.  Leg pain does improve but it takes a long time.  I was referred to a Neurosurgeon for a spinal cord stim.  I seriously considered it after over a year of leg pain post op, unable to sit, drive, or walk for any significant distance.  It sounded like a great option and a chance at a better quality of life.  Tried Neurotin, Lyrica which did not help at all and were tough to get off of.  I decided to wait, and agreed to try Elavil(10 mg) as a last resort.  After about 4 months (yep, that long) I started to see some improvement.  It was slow, but very slowly it started to be more manageable.  Still on the Elavil , no side effects, helps me get a restful nights sleep ( very important) and I feel it does calm this nerve down.  Things that did help in my recovery: Walking, physically therapy tailored to me! ( sometimes I could not do 5 leg lifts , so holding my leg in an isometric exercise had to substitute) , be flexible, have hope ( you will be improved, know this !) and pray.  Stay off of this forum!! I am 50, back to the gym 3x wk, walk every day.  Sure I do have an occasional bad day, but the good days are more than the bad days.  And still pray! 

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