Here's my deal, I'm 55 years old and had spinal fusion surgery on 11/27/2019. I get confused with the L numbers so I'll just say the bottom two disc were fused and the third one from the bottom had a partial discectomy. At 5 months and 2 weeks I was still getting sore at the end of the day and still feeling that healing was taking place. With my company benefits the time away from work is all that I could afford so I went back to work at that time. Now I'm 7 months out and still at work not missing any time due to pain, not taking any pain medication but still feeling pain in my upper buttocks, lower back, upper back, core, and my lower extremities (left shin, knee, sometimes right leg). Now let me explain that I'm not feeling this at one time. One day it's here are there, as the day goes on it just feels like it's time to just stop and get off my feet.
I'll explain one more thing. My back condition cause some nerve damage. I had developed a limp that my Dr. said was not going to go away until I relieve the nerve and the best way to do that considering my age was fusion / lapendectomy surgery. I had pain constantly in my left shin. My legs and right hip was also going numb to the point of losing the ability to walk. If I didn't sit down at that point then I was going to go down. A shopping cart was needed or I wasn't going to make it through any store. The mall and activities where walking and standing without the ability to sit down when needed was out of the question. All of my home health nurses and physical therapist pretty much told me that I should have had the surgery 3 years ago. I should also say that the numbness and inability to walk and stand has been cured by the surgery I no longer need a shopping cart and mall trips or back on.
So after saying all of that my question or concern is, just how should I be feeling. I thought at this point that I would be pain free and feeling like a 21 year old. I do feel that I'm still healing but not sure. My Dr. has released me and said anatomically that the fusion is fine going back to work is up to me. When I get home from work I don't feel like stretching I also don't feel like stretching when I wake up at 3:00 am. I work 10 hours a day (5 am -3:30 pm) 6 days a week as a machinist operating CNC machines. I just feel unstable at times due to weakness or pain in my lower extremities. Is this normal for 7 months out or what? I'm looking for the word Normal.