Hello everyone. Here is a condensed history. I have an very physically demanding job. In 2006 I had my first herniation. My Doctor did a bilateral laminectomy at L5-S1. The surgery helped, and had no problems for 2 years. In the spring of 2009 I herniated L4-L5, and ended up having a second laminectomy. The surgery worked fairly well, I was mostly pain free until late June. I've had standard care, went back on pain meds, and muscle relaxers. I've had nerve blocks (both selective, and facet). Nothing has worked, and the pain is no better. My overall pain level has increased a little bit over the past month.
My neurosurgeon has been trying to avoid fusion since I'm only 32, but today he thinks it's time for fusion. I'll be getting a discogram soon, and most likely schedule the surgery (assuming a positive discogram).
My questions are about the recovery. I've read a lot of stuff here, but if anyone has had fusion I'd really appreciate hearing your story. Mostly from the point of getting out of the hospital, to 4-6 weeks post-op. I'd like to know mostly the day to day stuff like, How much help did you need from friends/family? Did you have to use a cane/walker? How much time can you spend not laying down?
I also would like to know if you had a discogram, how much did it hurt?
Sorry this is a little long, but would really appreciate anyone sharing their stories with me.