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Lumbar fusion L4, L5, S1

Hello, I'm writing because I have questions and am kind of scared about the uncertainty of my future. I am a 42 year old male and i just had a lumbar fusion surgery at l4, l5, and s1 back on april 19, 2017. i came back to work on june 12 and i have a moderate to heavy physical job, At full capacity am supposed to be able to lift 50 lbs or more. my surgeon let me know that I may have to change my line of work. I have been doing the bare minimum at work and am still having trouble making through my day. today marks the beginning of my 4th week back at work and i am discouraged. still taking at least 2 hydrochodone pills per day as well as 900 to 1200 mg nuerontin. has anyone else had to completely start over after their fusion? I only know how ro do physical work and am limoing my way through. the surgery resolved most of nerve pain in my left leg and my drop foot, but i'm finding it dificult to make it through my work day. i have already left early on several occasions since i've been back to work. anyone have similar experience? i would love to hear about what you've gone through and where you are at.

thanks, Steve



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,070
    Hi Steve

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    You had surgery approximately 10 weeks ago but you went to back to work 4 weeks ago. You waited 6 weeks but went back to lifting, bending and twisting (probably without realizing it). 
    Nerve pain can last weeks or months. It depends on how long the nerves were compressed and how bad. But this is something that takes time.
    If you would like to read more on other's experiences, go to the right of the page to Surgery Buddies, click on it, go to the left and pick a month. There you will find discussions of surgeries and recovery.

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