Its six weeks post surgery today L 4 l5 s1 fusion . Had my
Dr visit and x ray yesterday. looks like fusion or bone growing around the area. So hopefuly I on my way to going back to work.
i don't know how to bump the old thread up so I'll do a update for anyone considering surgery .
Had fusion last wk of july 08 . Had 2 days in Hosp with bad pain at site upon awaking .morfine whenever i could get it. Went home and for 2 days I took percocet every 3 or 4 hrs and slept . On the 5th i stopped drugs and began the walking . Found that I had instant relief from nerve pain that had ran down my leg prior to surgery .By day 10 i had no pain at all, was walking up to 5 mi a day felt like I was 21 again for awhile. I guess I had been in so much pain for so long my body was still pumping out endorphins . Had trouble sleeping so they gave me zanax which helps . Week 4 noticed 2 bumps on incision ,went to the doc and found that I had infection from some of the desolving stiches that didn't desolve . Had to go to doc every day for past 2 weeks to clean and dress it along with antibiotic..never got out of hand and was cleared this past monday .So watch your incision and call the doc fast ! I began to feel some discomfort at the surgery site in the last 3 wks like a normal person ,but nothing like what I lived with before surgery just sore not bad . I guess its delayed action with me ! Still walking 3 to 5 have to continue to wear plastic brace whenever Im up .allowed to do a little more around the house ,can now go to hot tub or pool and drive the lawn tractor .No vaccum or push mower .Ask if I can get PT ,But not allowed yet
Doc said we might be able to talk about work and PT next on visit 1 month from now .So far its going very well for me .I hope this gives someone thats going for surgery some hope for a pain free future . Seamoose