Having L5/S1 fusion in three weeks. Herniated disc and avulsion fracture of a vertebrae 14 years ago has finally gotten to the point that I can no longer stand it. Can't run, shave my legs or even sneeze! I have, as I'm sure most people here, lived with pain for a long time.
Very nervous about the surgery and the recovery. Will I really be unable to drive for 30 day... having 2 children 9 and 12 that will make for a very long summer.
I have a very physical job as a surgery/anesthesia technician in an animal hospital. Lots of heavy lifting of sleeping and recovering pets. I love my job and want to return to work as soon as I am able.
Any information or advice would be appreciated!!
PLIF L5/S1 fusion 6/12/13
ACDF 5-7 7/17/13
44 year old Mom of 10 and 12 year old girls, full time veterinary technician.