My name is Samantha, and I'm 29 and have had 2 back surgeries. The first was an emergency laminectomy in '06. I had terrible back pain after that, even after "conventional" therapy, PT and shots at the pain center. I finally sucked up my fear of fusion, because I wanted to get better. I had it on 5/12/08. That was THEE worst pain in my life. I my L4/L5 done with a cage, and rods and screws. The doc was going to do S1, but it autofused itself.
Here I am, 4 months later not knowing what to do with myself. I'm not allowed to start physical therapy just yet, and I'm still in my back brace. My restrictions are: No NSAIDS, no lifting, bending, twisting, no work, no PT, limited sitting, and my favorite, no housework
I am still in a crapload of pain. My newest being nerve pain, or at least I think it is. They gave me Neurontin, cause my left leg feels tingly, and my left side of my back has REALLY bad muscle spasms.
I don't know "what's normal", where I'm "supposed" to be at this stage of my recovery. The doc sure as hell doesn't tell u anything. I wish back surgery came with instructions.
Hell, I didn't know when, or if I could umm....have marital relations, so I called the nurse.
I'm back on the Vicodin, which kind of pisses me off. I feel like if I'm on pain killers, I'm not getting any better. I guess in a perfect world, fusion patients are supposed to be off their narcotics one month post op.
I'm thinking my muscle spasms are from 1)being in a restricting back brace for this long, and 2) from not being allowed to do PT.
I would just LOVE to go back there, and do warm water therapy.
It's getting to me mentally having so many restrictions, and not being allowed to work, and basically not have a life. Not to mention I got denied on my Social Security case, and it takes a year and a half to get an appeal trial.
I'm just having a hard time right now. I have really bad cabin fever, even though I do get out to go erranding, and go to the doc and stuff.
Sorry this was so long, that's my story in a large nutshell.
Feel free to say hi, and let me know about your spinal fusion experiences. :H