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  • Hi Blambert,

    My fusion was "just" L4-L5, in Feb 08, and I've had a good recovery. The stenosis pain stayed in the OR; the postop pain was nasty, but tolerable, thanks to Oxycodone, then Hydrocodone. I was off pain meds in about 8 weeks, but took Soma for spasms for another 3 months. Haven't even had an Aleve since.

    My biggest suggestion is to embrace PT fully. My surgeon has his patients walk a mile every day, from the first postop day on, then increase it to 2 miles at 4 weeks. I didn't miss a day, and still do it.

    Started formal PT, 3 times a week, at 8 weeks. Stretching, flexibility exercises, balance exercises, and light lifting. I did the exercises at home on the days with no PT visits.

    After the 8 weeks of formal PT, I kept going, working out about 1 1/2 hours a day, and, at the surgeon's recommendation, found a neuromuscular massage therapist, going once a week. That worked out the kinks and loosened up the area around the fusion site

    At about 6 months, I suddenly found that I could call myself "fully fused," and that was confirmed by X-ray at my 6-month visit.

    I'm a happy guy. Recovery was hard work, but the work was worth it. You've gotta do the work.

    Bottom line advice: Walk lots, and do the PT work.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
  • Hi Bambert,
    Hey I'm with everybody else ,you have had a major surgery.I used to think I could go without the meds,"cuz I'm tough",and then my PM Dr explained breakthrough pain and how having it hinders your healing.Your body reacts to pain,everything goes on alert when you have pain,it puts you on guard.And that takes energy that you should be using to heal.This isn't as good an explaination as my doc had,but I think you get the idea.2 1/2 months is nothing when it comes to a multi-level fusion like yours.I had a 2 level last May and my incision site is still sore!So take it easy....just remember you don't want to make things worse. Feel better have pleasant weekend...Sagehen
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