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Feeling great after lumbar fusion

Started by Waiting4roboticSpine on 08/15/2018 9:16pm

Hi!
I had my fusion a month ago. I don’t see a lot of positive posts on here so it has me a bit worried. I’m perhaps a bit too active and the restrictions that my doctor has set are driving me crazy. No lifting more than 10lbs, no riding in a car for more than an hour, no running, etc. I got prescribed a ton of pain medication, but I haven’t needed any of it. I can walk for hours on the paved trails in my town without getting tired. I did Jiu Jitsu and weightlifting up until the day I had surgery so I’m anxious to get back to it. I had my first X-rays today and have no clue what I’m looking at. The six screws and stuff look crazy. It explains the large incision though. Has anyone felt 100% after fusion? I’m curious if me feeling well is a sign that everything is fusing and I can go back to work and my active life. I never learned how to binge watch tv so I’m pacing trenches in my floors right now. I’d like to at least start physical therapy but my doctor isn’t meeting me until next week so I don’t know when I can start it. When did you guys start therapy?

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Hi, Waiting4roboticSpine--thank you for your post! We are so happy to hear you're feeling great after spine surgery. Everybody is different, and your pre-surgery fitness level may have aided your spine surgery recovery. However, you can harm the health of your recovery if you push yourself too far physically after surgery.

For a person who was highly active before surgery, it can be a frustrating adjustment to take things at a slower pace after surgery. Our best advice is to follow your doctor's post-op instructions because they are designed to protect the health of your recovery.

We also have some resources that can help you exercise safely during your recovery period:
( What You Should Know About Exercising After Spine Surgery )
( Can I Exercise after Spine Surgery? )

Overall, staying active is one of the best things you can do for the health of your spine. We commend you for making exercise an important part of your life, but taking it a bit slower during your recovery will ensure that you're able to enjoy these activities for years to come. We wish you the very best!

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Hi! Thanks for sharing! Relieved to read someone has had a good experience. My fusion surgery is in 2 weeks and I am terrified. I keep trying to remember that my everyday pain/symptoms will be gone but I keep finding myself reading thru all the horror stories. And now I’m reconsidering. I am aware that nothing I have can fix itself. Bi lateral pars spondy L4 5 discs are obliterated. I’m 34 and active so I’m told I my recovery shouldn’t be too bad.

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Hi! Thanks for sharing! Relieved to read someone has had a good experience. My fusion surgery is in 2 weeks and I am terrified. I keep trying to remember that my everyday pain/symptoms will be gone but I keep finding myself reading thru all the horror stories. And now I’m reconsidering. I am aware that nothing I have can fix itself. Bi lateral pars spondy L4 5 discs are obliterated. I’m 34 and active so I’m told I my recovery shouldn’t be too bad.

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I'm glad you're feeling better. After all the reading I've done on back problems and surgery I would advise you to listen to your doctor! Overdoing it can lead down a dark and dangerous path back to pain! Take it easy and stay conservatively active.

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I feel awesome I cannot tell you how much I would do this again without a second thought I am 7 days out from surgery I had an anterior/ posterior interbody spinal fusion with hardware even though I've got a six-inch incision on my stomach and five different cuts various sizes on my back I've had not had to use any pain medications I've already drove a car I was out 3 hours doing this and that with my friend on day 6. I'm 56. Dr tells me that I will be able to do anything by July. I'm on top of the world!!!!

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I can guarantee one thing and that is if you start doing weight lifting and jiu jitsu you will wish to god you never did. Listen to what the doctors say and do not lift over 10 lbs. and give it the right amoun t of time to heal. I have an S-1, L-5, L-4 fusion but it took 4 surgeries over 3 months to get it figured out. I never let it heal right and totally regret it. I live with the worst pain in the world. Good luck..........

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