Hi. Booked for PLIF 2 levels at L4/l5 and L5/s1, decompression, removal of cyst under minimally invasive, no muscle stripping, lowest level titanium rod and upper level either a 'flexible' road. I have been trying to prepare by really analysing the way I move and I am getting very nervous about how I will manage shifting position resting on the bed or sofa, getting up from the toilet, reaching for things say at waist level or cupboard level. I am making the house more safety and user friendly to small daily tasks.
I know walking will be the best and only form of exercise to start with. Will I be able to do Pilates type tummy muscle 'clenches' lying down?
Worrying about post op pain. My surgeon is very optimistic about eliminating my leg pain, but I cannot really grasp how lower back pain will be, post op I realise it will be unpleasant but cannot imagine being without severe backache as it has been part of my life for do many years.
In need of your general reassurance .. Think I am about to turn and run!