hey ya-all,... haven't been here in quite some time. I have a question for anyone who is maybe at the same place I am, and is this normal?
I had a three level lumbar fusion L,3,4,5, 8 months ago. I'm progressing slowly, but never the less, progressing. I was fusing at 23 weeks, and have been going to PT once a week since that time. Just lately though I have been experiencing some wierd stuff.
Is it normal #1, to feel your hardware, not with my fingers, I know how deep my 6" rods and screws are, but like when I get down on all fours to do some of my PT, or like when I twist to turn over in bed? It kinda hurts at the tops of the rods, I can feel exactly where they end.
Also, just lately, I've been experiencing hip pain, deep inside. It's not to where I need to go back into my Neruo,....I'm thinking it's just due to PT or something, I hope... But at 8 months post-op, is what I'm feeling perfectly normal?
OK, now the bad part, and please no lectures, I'm 52 and know better....and absolutely know the effects with spinal fusions. I quit smoking for 6 months before during and after my surgery. I just recently started back up, (cause of spouse it's just too hard with him doing it)I was showing great fusion at 23 weeks, and am HOPING smoking isn't undoing my progress... what do you-all think?