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L4/L5 and L5/S1

So glad to have found tis forum. I had my fusion on 11/26/13. Was in the hospital for 6 days due to a spinal fluid leak. Has anyone has a change in their close up vision after surgery. My recovery is doing very well. I am trying to not take my OxyCod . My pain is surgery pain. I do have pain in my butt! I am walking about 1/2 mile every other day. Any suggestions . My husband said I am doing to much and sometimes forget and do bend or twist. How harmful is that? Looking forward to sharing experiences


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  • My doctor was very clear...Do not bend, lift over 10 pounds or twist for three months. Personally I think you should try to walk more. I was told to walk every day. I think I was up to over a mile a day by one month post op. I'm 3 months now and try to go 2 miles.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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  • I agree with ADRJen. I know it's hard not to bend or twist, but those restrictions are in place for a reason. I'm 24 years old and it's so awkward being in a store and having to ask an employee to get something for me that weighs over 10 lbs, but I do it because I don't want my fusion to fail. Also agree on the walking, by 3-4 weeks post-op I was walking 2.5 miles a day 7 days a week.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 766
    edited 12/31/2013 - 7:33 AM
    You're only 24? What's your story? How did you come to have a 360 at 24? I will agree with you about the embarrassment having to ask for help, but at least I can play the "girl" card, even though I probably shouldn't. I started asking for help over a year ago lifting things, etc. feel guilty about it, but I've had days where all I can do is crawl and i would do anything to keep that from happening again.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • I had DDD and annular tears at L4/5 and L5/1. The tears were large and I had pretty bad left leg pain because the insides of the discs were leaking onto nerves. I tried and failed conservative treatment for about 10 months. My surgeon said the discs looked like they came out of someone much older after surgery. No idea what caused the issues.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
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  • I too had problems with eyesight after surgery. At first I thought it was caused by the medication and inability to concentrate but I couldn't read the print on the back of DVDs or cooking instructions on food boxes etc. I went to the optician who explained that during Anaesthetic the muscles in the eyes relax and sometimes don't bounce back which causes inability to focus properly. I now have my first pair of reading glasses!
    Best of luck in your recovery, hopefully 2014 will be a great improvement for you.
    DDD. Married,Mum of 2, Age 45: 2007 & 2008 L5/S1 Discectomy
    April 2013 L5/S1 Anterior Fusion
    & L4/L5 Artificial Disc Replacement
  • How long was everyone on meds after their fusion? Also.we're you able to sweep? I am going on Jan 6 for my first exray. Am I cutting my meds to quickly? Today I only had two oxycod all day. Did anyone start physical therapy. I am nervous about going back to work. thanks everyone
  • HybridhattieHHybridhattie Posts: 69
    edited 12/31/2013 - 4:14 PM
    You're still very soon after surgery but if I can offer suggestions, do as little housework as possible. I know it's tough letting your standards slip but you're not doing yourself any favours by doing anything that puts your spine at risk. I got a battery operated long handled sweeper that's really light for little areas like kitchen crumbs. It keeps me sane!
    Really you want to give your back the best chance of recovery so lots of little walks were recommended to me? Did they suggest that to you in the hospital? Every second day sounds too little to me but may be what you've been instructed to do.
    I started hydrotherapy ( just walking and gentle upper back exercises in warm water) at 3 months. I still go 3 mornings a week and I love it. The more walking I do, the better I feel.
    As regards pain meds, follow your docs orders. I'm still taking panadine forte and Lyrica but have greatly reduced the dosage.
    When are you going back to work? Remember fusions take a long time.....
    Wishing you a great new year.
    DDD. Married,Mum of 2, Age 45: 2007 & 2008 L5/S1 Discectomy
    April 2013 L5/S1 Anterior Fusion
    & L4/L5 Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Everyone is different, but I was off pain meds 4 weeks or so post-op. I was able to stop taking my nerve meds around 5 or 6 weeks post-op. I won't be doing physical therapy, just lots of walking.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
  • Hi Hybridhattie: Thats a great idea for the sweeper. The funny thing is they did not suggest much tome when I left the hospital. I had a doctors visit two weeks after with the PA and she told me to continue to take it easy and continue with the meds. I will look into the hydrotherapy.. I go back to the surgeon on Jan 6.He will then talk about going back to work. I am looking at going back part time maybe the wk of 13th Jan. I am an office manager and my boss is anxious for me to come back. I am luck , I can do work at home. Most days I am out and about, such as BJs or shopping, so getting walking in that way. I think I fel so good, that I forget that I have had major surgery..Thanks for your advice. Happy New Year to you too.
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