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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:33 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Glad to have found a site with people with the same problem.
I am 8 weeks post op for a L4/L5 spinal fusion with instrumentation and I feel really achy all over but especially in both legs and am finding stairs and getting up from the settee really hard and am wondering just how long it will last. The surgeon not that interested and says x.rays look good.


  • i'm pete...good to meet you...youve been through big surgery. it takes its toll and your muscles take time to get back in shape. how is the nerve pain that you must have had prior to surgery?
  • What you are feeling is a very normal part of recovery. Fusion is a BIG surgery and it is really quite an assault to the body. My physical therapist specializes in a particular kind of orthopedics and she has watched many surgeries. The description of what they do to us is really amazing. It is really a construction project, with the use of saw, drills, hammers and LOTS of hard pounding. I won't go into all the details as some people might be squeamish!! But, it is no wonder that we really hurt afterwards and are very tired.

    I have heard many people say that they started feeling better around 2 months ...or maybe it was after two months...I can't remember now...but I was tired and it took awhile to start to get some strength back. Are you still taking any pain meds? I took everything prescribed to me religiously for the first eight weeks and by ten weeks I did not need anything...so hopefully, you are just on the verge of starting to feel less achy.

    It is important that you take several short walks each day. This will help build up the strength in your legs and will get rid of some of that achiness.
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  • I know it seams like a helpless situation when the Dr does not seem interested, but it is normal for them to not take action at this point and allow your body to heal. As you can see above, alot has gone on with the surgery. You have to allow time for these things to heal. If they do continue after the healing process has taken place, your Dr will look further. Even though you would like to be able to tell one of the stories of a quick recovery, some of us are not that lucky. I am also about 8 wks post op and have some good results and have some newer problems. Only time will tell, but healing has to take place before anything else is explored. Nice talking with you and hope your recovery continues.
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