I just had my NS apt. yesterday and I officially got a 'You're doing better than most in your recovery' comment from the dr.
I am back to the weight I was 2 years ago when I first went to the NS (which is still 15 lbs over what I was before the accident - but I've lost the 20 lbs I put on while I was off work)
I've not needed any prescriptions and am only taking Tylenol.
Apparently I have Peek cages - which is allowing some flexibility in the spine - this is really good for trying to keep my L3 from going out in the near future.
The only thing that is really a pain right now (other than the atrophy that I exercise for) is that he said I'm going to probably need to have my hardware removed.
THAT was a shocker.
I really want to KEEP my hardware. It makes me feel safe.
It is causing a catch in my back though. He pushed on the spot I'm having trouble with and said he thinks it's a screw head that is catching on the muscle. It gives me a pretty major backache everyday - I'll just have to see where I am at in July when I go back.
He prescribed a Tens unit, told me to move to just home stretching instead of a PT and forgot to change my restrictions (I'll call on that on Monday).
And that's my success so far story