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Recovering from Spinal Fusion and Discectomy



  • Wow, I've never heard of anything like that. Does it help you at all?
    How is your back doing since you fell? I'm sorry that you've been having such a hard time moving around and getting places. I know that that can be incredibly frustrating especially when wanting to get on with a normal life, free from pain, and restrictions.
    I'm able to get around a little better now, but I'm very frustrated because my surgeon and my rehabilitation therapist won't allow me to be as active as I would like. I am still allowed to do pool therapy, and use hand weights, but NO Physical therapy, and NO yoga, dance, or any of the things that I would normally do to be active. And I won't be allowed to do any of that until december at the earliest. I'm also very discouraged because my pain level hasn't decreased at all. I'm still on a good amount of medication, and still am in constant pain. I feel very hopeless and ready to move on and be done with this, but it feels like I'm making zero progress. I feel like this is going to last forever.
    Ali Pittman
  • Hi I had a spinal fusion surgery on 8/26/14 stemming from an accident on 1/3/14 I have tried 4 steroid injections numerous meds and finally had surgery. Recovery is slow and difficult to deal with meds. Sit 15 minutes at a time walk a lot and rest which means in bed on my right side alot. This is very difficult since I worked three jobs and overtime down to none. I went through two sessions of PT and a session of Work hardening to try to get back to work, I was even on light duty for two months in which I used a lot of vacation time as it was difficult to be on my feet or sitting for long periods of time. During this time I was going to the work hardening program 4.5 hrs/day. My first follow up apt. is wed. 26th hopefully remove stiches that keep snagging on shirt and maybee a little more exercise than walking (no twisting, bending, or lifting over 5lbs). Believe me my body lets me know when I do something stupid full meds and two day recovery lots of bed rest no PT until month 3 around end of November begining of December, 6 months to a year full recovery. Hopefully I am a good healer and can get back a little earlier but I know not to rush it, I don't want to go through it again. This surgery seems to have given me the most relief so far aside from numbness in my left leg and foot or when I am on it a long time pain and numbness in my back side sensitive to rub or touch.
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  • leashialleashia WashingtonPosts: 1
    Hi there! I hope your better. It's been a long time since this post. I had gone from super active to laying flat on my back due to ska tic pain over night. Couldn't walk at all. I had to have a framinotomies in hopes it would help but after 3 months of recovery I was still in excruciating pain. We went back and had a 360 ALF on the l1 s5 and the. Framinotomies on the back side . I'm finally out of the nerve pains d can walk. It sounds like something is still pinching your nerves to me. I'm so much better 5'weeks out that I can't hardly believe it! I hope this helps! Good luck... It's torture to have your life taken
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,726
    edited 08/12/2016 - 2:42 AM
    hello leashia
    please click on the link for useful information

    this is an old discussion, the poster and other contributors haven't been online for a long time so i am closing the discussion


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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