Just wanted to post my experience for others to have in their consideration for surgery.
I had a TLIF of my L5-S1 to repair a Spondilolisthesis. Basically have had back trouble for years, this last year pain being so constant I decided to do more than ice and pain killers.
I tried the facet injections, first go round lastin 5 months with some good relief. The second go round didn't do so well. I found myself in a situation where I had some money saved, and my Medical deductible had been met, so after some agonizing consideration I decided to do the surgery. I did major research not only on what the problem was, but the different procedures, the surgeons who do them, and anything I could find about what my options were.
I took Pilates classes to get my self in the best shape prior to going in to surgery. Improving my flexibility, my strength.
Now I am into my second week post op. The first week was HELL! Not even a week out I tried to get off pain killers due to constipation, and found myself a sobbing mess, falling down the hole of "What have I done" "I've screwed myself up forever". After talking with a buddy who had gone through back surgery I decided to go back on the pain killers and just deal with the constipation.
PAIN KILLERS ARE THERE FOR A REASON!!! My God, they have changed my outlook! I force myself to get up and stay up beyond my time goal. I try to move around without overdoing it, this can be a fine line.
One of the best things I discovered is, if you have any "adult bed liners" laid down, to put a cotton sheet on top. My back was heating up so much just laying directly on the liner.
Also, I was/am having nerve pain issues caused by the swelling. Most anti inflammatories inhibit bone growth, but my Dr. prescribed CELEBREX and it has helped immensely! I'm not quite two weeks post op but doing so much better than that first week of hell!
Meet with the DR. on Wed for a followup. feel like I'm recovering great.