... Constipation is a big problem after spinal fusion, primarily due to all the pain medications. It will be important to keep up the fluids, high fiber, etc. while you are in early recovery, not just right after surgery.
Glad you are doing well and the worst is over. Remember to take frequent short walks, and get plenty of rest. Limit sitting to 15-20 minutes at a time. (15 replies)
... My ALIF is in less than 2 days. Wed, to be exact. I really do not know what to expect. I am keeping a positive outlook. I hope you doing well. ... (15 replies)
... I'm waiting for work comp to authorize a two level ALIF and a laminectomy, so I'll have incisions front and beck too. I teach preschool and worked in pain the last five months. ... (71 replies)
... Because I had the ALIF and the PLIF at two levels makes me think this is gonna be a long process. No one told me either. ... (71 replies)
... I am asking what is the recovery time for a two level cervical fusion for a man my age? ... (0 replies)
... g but still pulled it off. stoked and expecting to b back surfing like i used to in another month. stay positive and treat this like what it is, be serious about recovery and training . ... (3 replies)
... L5 in 2007. It was a tough surgery and a rough recovery but the fusion is perfect and gave me 5 years of no pain and my life back. ... (15 replies)
... Isn't it amazing how a patient with continued pain is always so unique and the surgeon is so perplexed!!
The more I come in contact with others who have had spine surgery, the more I believe that the person who comes through with the expected results and a successful outcome is unique!
It takes awhile for the nerve pain drugs (gabapentin/neurontin, Lyrica) to kick in. I... (11 replies)
... Let me just remind you that you are extremely early in recovery and you are bound to have some other new aches and pains along the road to recovery. ... (11 replies)
... I'm hoping to hear from members who have recovered from leg pain after ALIF surgery. ... (11 replies)
... Dr Dad seems on board with the "keep on keepin' on" idea. But he's SUCH at eternal optimist that sometimes it is hard to know when it is just his being and when it is medical. He's always kinda said he thought it would just get better....which isn't always helpful. He hadn't heard of this type of response, but he also didn't know a ton about recovery speed etc
The... (2 replies)
... My friend had ALIF on Nov 6th and he is having a heck of a time with his recovery. Pain in different location but more severe than before surgery. ... (8 replies)
... Just curious how your recovery is going. ... (5 replies)
... o know about both nerves and bones in order to understand the mechanics of the spine. You don't need to consult with another spine surgeon at this point in your recovery unless you feel your surgeon is not handling your case well, answering your questions and responding to your concerns. ... (1 replies)
... Hello Wigado,
At three weeks I was a mess! Watching the clock for meds walking and trying to find a comfortable way to sleep. Had to have raised toilet seat. Grabber stick to pick up items and my child stay with me to assist, she stayed a month.
I had the similar procedure TLIF Nov 6, 2012. I am just now beginning to feel myself, still have muscle tightness in upper and mid... (19 replies)
... I had an ALIF done Dec 17th at L5/S1, just was wondering what some others were feeling at 3 weeks out. Is it ok to use a heating pad. I have been dealing with spine issues since 2010 when I was rear ended at a red light by a person that was not paying attention. She didnt even know that traffic was stopped. I also have had to have an ACDF that was done in Sept 2010.
C5 thru... (19 replies)
... In any case, see how you do with PT. Three months is still early in the recovery process and some people don't begin to feel better for a long time...so try not to get discouraged. But pay attention to your body during PT. ... (7 replies)
... Thank you again for asking! And it feels good to be back on here! Been working on recovery and just have been staying busy! You know how it is! ... (8 replies)
... Hi Guerrilla,
I just wanted to say that I'm thinking of you as you go through your recovery. Your post has helped me (different procedure..6 days post laminotomy of L3-L4, L4-L5 with facet clean up on the same levels). I've also endured bilateral knee replacements, two ankle surgeries, and compartmet release surgery. I have to say that this spinal recovery..leg pain..low... (8 replies)
... Day by day is how I live in recovery with goals I try to meet.. ... (8 replies)