I just had my 2 month post-op apt. and I feel GREAT. I only take Tylenol (regular strength, 1 pill) when I feel achy and I haven't taken any valium, robaxin or anything else for weeks now.
I went in and told the PA I was doing fantastic. He looked at the X-rays and I am showing some fusion around the outside of the spine. There isn't anything really showing inside the spine, but then, that's where the BMP was all removed in my second surgery.
I then referred to the fact that I expected to return to work at the end of October (the 3 month mark) and he said NO. I was rather stunned. It was such a shocker. He said let's talk about it in a few months - in December! But I'm feeling great??! Why no work??
Also, I was told I would start PT at the end of Oct. - again the answer is a big NO. He might consider it in January.
Thinking about it, I guess the lack of fusion in the spine is a factor.
Oh, but he also says there is no way I'll be able to go right back into a fulltime schedule, I'll need to work up to it. I don't have a strenuous job, I do have to lift up to 40-45 lbs at times (which the PA laughed at and said that's going to be a long while off) but I'm still kind of stunned to have such a change in attitude towards my return to work when I physically feel so great.
I guess you just can't go by how well you feel, you also have to be mending on the inside and show it in your x-rays.
I just have to keep in mind that if I a overdo it now, and I don't allow myself to heal completely I can totally undo everything the dr. has done. Despite how well I feel I have to keep in mind all my restrictions and follow them to the letter.
Oh, speaking of restrictions- this is what I am at:
I can walk (just around or in a pool)
I can ride a recumbant bike
I can lift up to 20 lbs from table height
Minimal sitting (VERY minimal)
Minimal driving - it's just too dangerous and one simple fender bender could put me in a wheelchair for life.