So Iam 3 months post from a L5/S1 PLIF with cage, rods and screws and had my Neuro appointment 5 days ago. X-rays were done a day prior to my appointment and results showed no sign of fusion…Neuro goes on to say that this is normal and reschedules x-rays a year down the road.
He was happy to see me and listened quite attentively as I explained to him what I have been doing and what I propose to do once I am cleared for work.
In a nutshell he looked at my x-rays, then at me; did a bit of mobility tests and said I was good to go for anything. He even went as far as to say that if I wanted to start smoking again I could. I asked him about PT and he said that he didn’t think I required any due to my age (33) and my fitness.
So I basically went from no BLT to full out BLT as my job requires it…..it’s now been 4 days of 8-10h shifts of ranching. Atm it is very physically demanding as I am getting irrigation ready and lifting in excess of around 100 hand pipes a day that range in size 3” inch diameter to 30 -60 feet in length. Iam also due back on an industrial planer next week.
I explained this to my Neuro and he said go right ahead……I asked him again if I am ready and he stated that there is a 50/50 chance of a successful fusion….he said that after 3 months, if the hardware has not moved that this was a sign of a successful fusion…I meet his “criteria”. So here I am..4 days into my job and iam struggling.. I do not have any back pain in my fused area but my sacrum, as well as my L1-L3 area is very very sore…no pain but very stiff (paraspinal muscle issues?)…I think iam rushing things and iam considering going to physio myself.
Has anyone else been handled like this by their specialist?…A full year b4 he wants to see me?? Does this sound a little brash?? Any info would me much appreciated and I thank all of you who have answered my questions during the past 4 months. All the best.