i am a 63 year old south african female. on 23 january 2016, i will be 9 monts post lumbar spinal fusion. it was a posterior fusion with instrumentation of l3/4/5, and they also used the iliac crest on the left. the op was 3 hours long and i lost 5 units of blood. post transfusion of 4 units of blood, i was discharged with an hb of 8. i was very breathless on exertion until about november 2015.
i wake up during the night with pain, especially if i lie on my sides. in the morning i wake up with painful stiffness, which is relieved by getting up and moving around.
i need to start exercising as i need to strengthen my legs and core.
i would appreciate any advise and guidance. thank you.spinal fusion surgery recovery: three months and after