Hello everyone. I'm so glad to have found this forum. I am(was) an active, healthy 56 yr old woman who began having excrutiating pain in my lower back about 3 months ago. After MRI and xrays, doc confirmed a level 2 spondylolisthesis with severe spinal stenosis. Tried PT for 2 months but any, and I mean any, exercise causes extreme, progressive neurological symptoms. Burning, shooting pain, both legs. Numbness. Heaviness and unsteady gait. Can't stand for more than an hour or walk for more than 30 minutes. Just 6 months ago I was walking 3 miles a day so I am in shock.
Anyway, at this point, after much research and not many other options aside from progressively loosing my ability to walk, have opted for surgery as my surgeon has recommended. My husband and I own a service business and I run the office. Can anyone, from experience, tell me what to reasonably expect in terms of recovery? I hope to be able to at least commute via computer to my office to help my poor hub within 2 weeks after surgery. Surgery is PLIF with decompression at L4-L5. They tell me I'll be in hospital for up to 5 days. What can I expect? Kathy