I am coming up on 9 weeks post L5-S1 ALIF this Monday. As background when I was 17 I had a car accident where someone hit me from behind doing 45. I had back/leg/nerve pain that has gotten progressively worse ever since. It was only about a little over a year ago I was actually diagnosed with a Pars defect and told surgery likely could help me. I have had my L5-S1 fused via ALIF. After waking up from the surgery my nerve pain was completely gone and I
felt about as good as you possibly could the first 3 or so weeks after
surgery. However that was short lived as I have a 7 month old that my wife needed my help with and I had to go back to work (remotely) at my high stress Analyst job. It took me a couple of weeks to get back on track from how emotionally draining work and trying to help my wife while still recovering. I do feel during this time I likely did more bending typically at the hip from to get things off the floor than I should have been doing. All of that has honestly made me paranoid that maybe I have in some way compromised the graft structure or fusion site. I have yet to have an actual X-ray because my week 6 visit was remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At 6 weeks my surgeon described me as "about the middle of the bell curve".
I have had some really good days since the surgery, but definitely also had my lows. Most of the reading I have on recovery emphasizes a positive attitude and walking. So I am doing my best to focus on those things. I have been able to walk about 1-3 miles daily. However I feel if I walk too fast or have to carry my daughter around the house too much it does flare up my leg nerve pain.
I would really appreciate any feedback from anyone who has had a similar journey and how you are doing now. I know the 3-4 month window is where most feel significantly better so with that coming up I am a little anxious over how I have felt the last few days. Thanks in advance!