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Post op TLIF L4/L5: recovery Bumps



  • I'm 10 weeks post op and still feel that sensation from time to time. I think is muscle and scar tissue. It feels great when the PT massages it out. Its a longer and harder recovery period than I imagined. Going back to work tomorrow part-time. I'm still stiff and at about a 3 to 4 pain level. Just taking Tylenol now. You might start feeling better once you start PT but the only true recovery comes with time. Good luck!
  • Had my 6 week post op on Thursday. Dr is pleased and X-ray looked good. He said I needed to start weening myself off of pain meds, which I have been anyway. However, he told me to start bending and get rid of my brace. The last two days I've really been in lots of pain completely across my lower back and in the top of my hips. Don't want to take my remaining meds unless absolutely necessary. I start back to work on Monday, which I'm nervous about. I also have a 45 minute one way commute. Any suggestions to deal with pain without the meds?
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  • Same with me I am 10 weeks post started getting left leg pain right after 4 to 5 weeks on 6 weeks visit doctor said x ray is good. your nerves are sensitive start doing exercise. I joined after after 4 th week. I could manage and manging till now using a standing desk, but I come back every day being low and tired as my leg pain hurts a lot while sitting and walking. Dont know what to say, feeling scared to do exercise too as irritates my leg pain. Be Positive and Belive in God, thats all to say. I myself loosing confidence but many people are going through this, believeInYourself and respect the Body.
  • Today I've been experiencing a sharp pain in my lower right hip/buttock.in all the time I've had back pain I've never experience this one. Just a sharp stabbing pain at random times when lying flat. Still walking and doing normal things. I have been bending more than usual, which my dr told me to start doing with proper form. Hope it is just healing pain.
  • I had a post op checkup with neurosurgeon last week: x-Rays and ct scan show the bones are fusing but not fully fused yet. Doctor says it takes about 3 months. In the meantime, I am expected to (1) wear back brace to prevent movement; (2) walk or bike; (3) take calcium and vit D supplements; (4) take Tylenol or Advil pain killers and flexeril muscle relaxant to cope with spasms as needed.
    I'm working out on treadmill, starting with 20 min or so at 2 to 2.5 mile pace. I am feeling the left and right sides of lower back stretching and working, with resulting backaches. My goal is to even out the two sides and muscles on both legs, then walk about 30 min twice a day and then walk a 5-k event (@ 1-hr walk) later in the spring.
    Overall, the key is not to overdo any activity, stop and rest if cramping. I'm much more active than I was a month ago, and the cramping is lessening quite a bit nowadays. Walk, walk, walk! No physical therapy needed so far.
    My other support program is the Osteopathic doctor: this is to support the healing of back fusion and ensure straight and even functioning. Visit once every 6 weeks or so. Latest directive is breathing exercise to help diaphragm support my rib cage effectively. Great exercise!
    Lumbar fusion TLIF L4-5 Jan 12, 2015
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  • Michellefrom MIMMichellefrom MI Posts: 2
    edited 09/15/2015 - 5:58 PM
    i am so relieved to see you all have experienced similar issues like me. i had l5 s1 tlif fusion on aug.11. i then had to return to work 13 days later. it was hard. but im a school secretary so no heavy lifting, but a lot of running around and up and down from sitting. i'm 1 month post op now and have the same feeling when i lay on my back that something is there. sensitivity still from incision sites. i have only been taking extra strength tylenol for pain as the others make me tired. i have had some issue with flare up sciatica which scares me. tmi it's usually when i use the bathroom. i did surgery to relieve that. how many of you have or had it and it went away completely. just so i can have hope. i have been getting muscle spams un my back under the shoulder blades. i think from the brace. the brace also still irritates the incision site. especially the side he said he went in for the screws. i don't have a lot of pain. just general discomfort. how long does it take for that weirdness to go away. without the brace i feel very nervous and scared and feel a weird pressure sensation ,like gravity pulling downward. is that normal or am i just paranoid. i have to wear mine for 3 months. i'm already tired from it. it rubs the incision and makes my back feel sore and sensitive. i also get night sweats but don't take meds. is that normal too ?i hope everyone is healed and back to new soon.

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