It's been 9 weeks post operatively and, thank goodness, the x-rays show that the hardware is fine. However, the increased pain in my back and right leg sciatica has crept back over the last 3 weeks, which is disappointing.
I didn't see the consultant (who evidently looked at the x-rays today), but if the nurse said it once, she said it at least 3 times, that I am still very early in my recovery and that it can take up to TWO YEARS for the nerves to all settle down!!! I didn't know this - I thought it takes up to 2 years for the 'fusion' to be complete.
Anyway, I asked about driving again and going back to work (considering I'm on half pay and my occupational sick pay ceases on 4 October!), but she was very non-committal. I understand this I suppose as spine surgery is not an exact science, but she basically said it all depended on my pain levels. Aaarghh!
Anyway, I've been told that I will receive another appointment in 6 weeks.
I'll just keep my fingers crossed that the medication I have to take now for the increased back/leg pain and to help me sleep at night, does it's job quickly! It's a shame though, because at 5 weeks post-op I wasn't taking any medication at all and thought I'd cracked it. Disappointed that I'm back on them again, but delighted that I didn't damage the hardware due to the driving incident at week 6.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!