48 yr old female. I had spinal fusion with instrumentation(cage) Jan 2010. Return to work mid April for 2 weeks. Had to be taken out again. I am a secretary. The back pain, leg pain and hip pain are horrible. I have more pain now than before the surgery. I had L5-S1 fusion.The dr. tells me this is normal and it takes longer for some people to recover. I was better before the surgery. anyone else have a similar story or am I aone. Can"t take the pain anymore. I am on pain meds, anti inflamatories and muscle relaxors, but they only releave the pain for a short time. I am going to loose my job now because I have already used my familymed. eave time. What do I do?
Unfortunately, you're going to have to really take it easy until you heal. You have gone through a big Surgery and your body need time to heal. I was in your position a few years ago and the only thing that helped was total rest for months. I was finally back to normal about 4 months after the initial surgery.
About 8 years ago, I had a PLIF with instrumentation at L4-5. And from what I remember, a lot of it is a blur, the recovery was pretty rough, some of that was my fault. I waited too long to have surgery and it got to the point were I could hardly walk. The first 3 months after surgery were rough for me and during that time I had to take pain meds continuously. It also seemed like where the hardware was hurt real badly, but the burning and stabbing pains in my leg were the worst. I tried PT at 8 weeks, but it hurt too much, I couldn’t stand or sit for more than 10 – 15 minutes at a time and I was real worried I’d never get better.
After about 3 months, I slowly began to feel better and started to regain my strength. I started walking and spent almost 4 months in PT learning how to use my leg again. At six months, I felt pretty good and after a year I was pretty much pain free. My leg is still a little weak and I have some numbness and tingling, but that’s never going to go away. And in all these years, I haven’t had a single problem with my low back, no adjacent segment disease or nothing. Your not alone, It can take a long time to recover from one of these.Have you had any x-rays yet. Tell your doctor you need an increase in your pain medication. They can't fire you because your to sick to work, can they?
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