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  • You'll get there Claudia, keep me updated on your status. Thos complications sound painful :|

    Are you using a bone growth stimulator?

    Ive been very lucky and hope the luck continues. Back surgery has always been so iffy for me, was a giant leap of trust that I had it done, (trusting my surgeon with the rest of my life basically) and it paid off for me.
  • I am 7 months post op for a L4-L5 / L5-S1 fusion.

    I think I have done remarkably well post surgery. That said; it's not an easy road.

    If you are on a LOT of pain meds already, be prepared, it seems that if you have a tolerance built up you don't get the full effects of the meds post surgery - meaning you are probably in for lots of post-op pain. My nurses told me that a fusion is probably the second most painful surgery there is - second only to open heart.

    I, like Jakotsu, took very little/needed very little, pain medication and was able to drive and get around fairly early on.

    I did not go back to work for just over 5 months and I have a job that only requires lifting a max of 45lbs. I am still on restrictions - max of 25lbs, no bending or twisting allowed.

    Some days are tough.

    But, no more radiating pain! No more agonizing blinding shooting pains at all! Now I just have aches & cramps - I can handle aches and cramps. I was in so much pain before that I was willing to risk life in a wheelchair.

    It's a personal decision, do your homework, go in with your eyes open and do everything your dr. tells you - exactly. It's the rest of your life you are playing with after all.

    Good Luck
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  • Hi, yes i am useing a bone stim, i keep tis on for 4 hours under my back brace, but you see i have no patience but working on it Nurse said i can go start walking in the pool just walking she so concerned of me falling but i will use better judgement, i think i will start that next week, also in 6 weeks i start therapy, yeah cannot wait, want to get on with my life i miss the gym esp the treadmill, taking my time, thank you so much
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