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One year after fusion surgery

Its been a long year of recovery. The horrible sciatic pain is gone, but I still cannot walk very long, or stand too long. I completed physical therapy, and was told the nerve damage I experienced prior to the surgery, would take a long time to recover from. I continue to exercise, in the hope that I will return to normal. I should mention that I am 75 years old, but have always been very physically active. Any encouraging words for me?

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,476

    Yes!! Keep doing what you have been doing, at our age we should never quit exercising. At least you are not in pain anymore. I cannot stand or walk very long either. Now that the weather is better I plan on walking every day, whether it hurts or not.

    I hope you do return to normal, it will just take time. The older we get the longer it takes.

    Take care and keep walking!!
    Sandra

  • Thanks memerainbolt for the encouragement. 

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  • Thank you all for your posts.. Maybe someone has some advise for me.. I am 8 months post op spinal L5-S1 Fusion. I was making progress with PT then the covid19 hit and then workmans comp denied my PT. that set me back. Now the nerve pain is bad. Some days I feel like I am dragging my foot down the road. I am able to walk 3/4 to 1 mile. I use to walk 3 or 4 with no problem. Then meds are doing all they can. I am frustrated now. They are pushing me to go back to work and I am not ready. 

    Anyone have any thoughts? 

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,476

    eagle76sct

    Have you called your doctor and let him know about the nerve pain? And, have you tried doing the exercises at home that you did in PT?  

    Sandra

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