Wow I am here!!! Today is exactly one year since I had my Spinal Fusion L5 S1 and I really do have so much to be Thankful for!!
I don't have excruciating nerve pain on my left leg and my back is doing great of course by the end of every day I have pain from tiredness in my back.
Now I do have some numbness on my left foot. I still do home therapy on my own and use the elliptical hoping that someday that will be gone for good. I have a little limp but not too bad > I do better with tennis shoes or sandals with a back strap.
I do not need any meds except Tylenol once in a great while!!
I don't see my Surgeon till the end of this Month so I will update about what He says.
It really does feel good to report this because right after surgery - the nerve pain on my left leg was excruciating and kept me in pain and limited to some things I felt like it would never go away and I am so thankful today for every obstacle I was able to overcome and the improvement I have overall!!
If you have pain after any kind of surgery Hang in there and take baby steps every day and soon you will see your pain eases off and you know that you really don't need the meds anymore. Stick to whatever PT your surgeon gives you. If the cost is overbearing do the exercises they ordered as best you can. Don't over exert just do your best even the littlest movement can help such as lifting foot off ground, circular motion with foot or massaging your foot daily. It all helps!!
I wish you all the very best!!