I had a minimally invasive TLIF done in May of this year. I had degenerative discs with nerve damage on my right side. They fused L4/L5 and L5/S1.. In October, much to mine and hubbies surprise, we found out I was pregnant. I'm 31 and have been told since I was 18 that there was no way I could get pregnant without fertility treatments because of the severity of my polycystic ovarian syndrome.
It's now the end of December, I'm almost 8 months post op and 4 months pregnant. I assumed my fusion was going well, my pain was minimal up until these past few weeks. Now I'm back to not being able to roll over in bed without crying and having my husband help me out of chairs and off our couch again. I've called my neurosurgeons office to set up an appointment for over 2 months, but due to a lot of little different mishaps we've been playing phone tag. I plan on camping out there as soon as they open after the holidays to get an appointment to talk to him.. I have no idea what to expect with my recovery process and this pregnancy, I just know that I'm scared to death...
I'm so full of questions, I plan on addressing these with my neurosurgeon as soon as I can see him, but with the holidays and such it may be a couple of weeks.. any help before hand would be greatly appreciated.. I've read that you're supposed to wait until 2 years post op before trying to get pregnant.. Is that true? My brace doesn't fit anymore, I tried to put it on to help with some of the pain last night.. is there one that can be worn during pregnancy and help with some of this pain? I can only take Tylenol for the pain I'm feeling, and that's not cutting it at all.. And what about delivery? Will I be able to have a vaginal delivery? epidural?
Has anyone else been in my shoes?
Thanks in advance for all the help..