I am 10 weeks post ALIF surgery and my pain levels are significantly worse than pre-surgery. I am struggling to sit even 1 hour without making my pain worse. I am able to walk for 25 minutes, twice a day.
Background: Suffering from bilateral low back pain with hip pain and foot paresthesias for 10 years. I have been struggling to sit more than 4 to 6 hours day and could walk only 5 to 25 minutes. I have herniated disc that is calcified and compressing left S1 nerve. My pain is worse on right side. I tried all conservative treatments, but nothing helped. Due to pain in opposite side, surgeons were unsure about surgical outcome. Since pain did not improve all these years and I am only 37 years old, I decided to go ahead with spinal fusion surgery after recommendation by a reputed neurosurgeon.
I was doing well 10 days after surgery and I was off all medication including Tylenol. I was able to sit most of the day with short naps in between. I was walking 25 minutes, 3 times a day. I was still dealing with surgical pain and foot paresthesias but not bad. Something went wrong at 4 weeks. Pain suddenly aggravated during a walk. 6 Week x-ray did not show any issues with instrumentation. After 2 weeks of mostly rest and short walks, pain improved from acute phase but I am struggling to sit an hour. I am getting a new back pain which I did not experience before. It seems to be getting worse. Walking is okay if I limit to two 25 minute walks. I am almost pain free when lying down flat with pillow under my knees but that was the case even before surgery. I am beginning to get worried that my surgery failed.
While my abdominal incision healed well, I am still getting pain if i wear any non-elastic trousers.
Did anyone experience similar recovery?