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lynn12 (@lynn12)

Chronic pain and spinal fusion

Spine Health | Last Active: May 14, 2021 | Replies (169)

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i had a spinal fusion in my l4/l5 approximately 8 weeks ago. This was my 3rd back surgery, and most certainly the toughest one because it was much more involved. The first three weeks were the worst by far, but as time has passed, so has most of the pain. I still have to wear a brace which bothers my hips, but overall things seem to be going well. I am walking outside, coaching my son's soccer team, and able to run errands. I am careful with what I lift, gallon of milk max, and I rest alot. I still have a long road ahead of me, but I am happy I did it, my back was giving out regularly and something needed to be done. My best to you moving forward, stay strong, pain is a bummer and hopefully this fusion will give you relief.

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@salsa
Good Morning!
It sounds like you are doing very well!
Congrats!
It took me longer before I could get around, although, the pain was worse in the morning when I got up.
First thing was to get into my chair with a heating pad on my back and ice packs on my thigh and groin area.
You are wise to follow the instructions of the doctor.
Many people no longer have their old pain so they overdo.
I still watch myself VERY closely.
No lifting, deep bending, twisting, lifting more than a gallon and resting at the end of the day.
Keep up the good work!
PT for you, next, I assume!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)