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ALIF Recovery and Sleep/Exhaustion

I had ALIF on 2/7/18. Overall things are going well. I would say so far this has been life changing. My presurgery pain is gone, I walk 3-4 miles every other day, I can drive, and am off all narcotic pain meds (take Tylenol occasionally). I am still off of work and my company approved 7 weeks off paid. I am considering going back early, only because I really like my work. I have a desk job, so no BLT won't be an issue. The only issue I see is I am exhausted. I normally sleep 6-7 hours and take one nap on the weekend. Since my surgery I sleep 8-9 hours and nap 2-3 hours everyday. Some days I feel more energized and skip my nap and the next day sleep even more. Is this normal after ALIF? How long does it last? I was not getting great sleep before surgery due to my pain levels and now and sleeping like a rock. 



  • Take all seven weeks!  No matter how good you feel, working will kick your butt.  I had an ALIF in 2013 and took off 10 weeks.  I was feeling good but found myself exhausted every day.  With exhaustion came insomnia.  I can only imagine how hard it would have been if I had gone back earlier.

    I just had a second fusion at the same level, this time from the back.  I worked from home for weeks 2 through 6.  I regret that as I don't think I gave my body enough of a chance to recover fully.

    Good luck!

  • Exhaustion is a normal part of the post-op condition.  Your body is healing and needs extra rest.

    Sounds like you're recovery is going well, but PLEASE listen to your body!  If you try and override this need, it might set you back.

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  • Ok. Thanks everyone. Glad to know being tired is normal. Yesterday I went on my first long outdoor walk. It was 60 degrees and sunny in my Midwestern town that has had 11 inches of snow in February. I wanted to enjoy some of the weather. Did a flat, slow 4 miler. I took a 3 hour nap today as a result :)

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