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Worried

I had a lumbar fusion 2 weeks ago The discomfort is subsiding  However as I walk in my house I am still getting lower back pain. I have to sit. Can't sit that long as this causes low back pain. I am worried that after 2 weeks this is happening  I don't know if this is normal  but it is becoming very depressing
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,757
    edited 03/22/2016 - 2:17 AM
    welcome weightman43

    please click on the link for useful information

    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971
    edited 03/22/2016 - 5:54 AM

    Pat

    What you are experiencing is perfectly normal... we've all gone through it.  Recovery from fusion surgery is a long... tough road that normally last 3-6 months or longer depending on the case... with lots of ups and downs.  The first 30 days are probably the worst because your body has suffered a lot of trauma in the surgery and it's trying to get back to nornal. The discomfort in walking and sitting is primarily due to your back muscles not being recovered from the surgeon messing with them to get to your spine.  The best thing you can do for it is to walk... walk.... and walk more... EVERY DAY as much as you can reasonably tolerate... this will help rebuild your back muscle strength.  Hang in there... for being only 2 weeks out from surgery you are doing really good.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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  • Thank you hills for your  reply. It just gets. Frustrating
  • Thanks hills for your reply
  • It has been over a month since I had my surgery and I was just able to start cutting down on pain meds in the last few days. My doctor says its completely normal and different for everyone. Good luck with your recovery.
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971

    Pat

    Sure we all get frustrated... even depressed... it's part of the process... but you WILL get better.  Just remember the recovery is a marathon not a sprint.  A positive attitude is everything... using this forum can also help a LOT.  There's lots of people here just like you... sharing certainly helps.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015

  • hvills said:

    Pat

    Sure we all get frustrated... even depressed... it's part of the process... but you WILL get better.  Just remember the recovery is a marathon not a sprint.  A positive attitude is everything... using this forum can also help a LOT.  There's lots of people here just like you... sharing certainly helps.


  • Went to see surgeon today. X-rays  ok exam normal   Just told me to take it slow and all will get back to normal
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971

    Pat

    I'm impressed you had such a major surgery at your age!!! 

    What level(s) did you have fused???

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • I had l4/5 with spondyolethesis of 4/5   Today was my first surgery since I had  my tonsils out 66 years ago  it is just very had to accept the bad days and not being able to stand more than 5 minutes. My surgeon told me that the standing will get better when the muscles get stronger. That makes sense but hard to accept
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