... Forgot to add that you are very smart to keep up your conditioning. It is much easier to move post surgery if your core muscles are strong, and that you have some upper body strength. Walking remains the best exercise if you can do it. ... (2 replies)
... o make it to the end of the school year and I did it! Now I can rest and deal with the work comp mess I'm in. I have a lawyer and am hopeful that the two level ALIF and laminectomy will eventually be approved. In the meantime, does anyone have suggestions for how best to care for myself? ... (2 replies)
... scle swells when i sit or lay too long but slowley is lessening. I am however only 35 and in really good shape, I actually made the decision to train my body pre surgery knowing i would need to b lighter and stronger to help with the recovery. ... (3 replies)
... My surgery was an ALIF with a spacer and BMP. The first couple of months of recovery were not easy but not as bad as I had expected. ... (4 replies)
... I am waiting for work comp to approve my surgery. I'm having an ALIF to fuse L3/four and L4/five, plus a laminectomy. In the meantime I strength train and swim. The pool is the only place where I feel strong and able. I swim vertically in the deep end with a stabilizing belt. My feet bicycle while my arms do a breast stroke. I also use pool dumbbells and do some arm... (7 replies)
... and tend to flatten out...so this is a literal shortening of the disc. As they flatten, one loses the cushioning effect that the disc is supposed to have. The surgery will put in a spacer that will open up this space so that nerves will not get squished in between the two vertebrae. ... (2 replies)
... surgeon couldn't hold that date. We are in the appeal process now, and my doc is waiting for a telephone "peer to peer" review. The surgery scheduler lady told me that we are now looking at an August date. I screamed NOOOO when she told me that. ... (13 replies)
... After looking through the posts about ALIF surgery.. I see a lot of negative things.. I really need to see some positives about the surgery. ... (5 replies)
... I'm hoping to hear from members who have recovered from leg pain after ALIF surgery. ... (11 replies)
... The XLIF procedure was advertised by Nuvasive as a new spine surgery method where they go through the patients side, rip out their disk, and hammer in a PEEK plastic spacer...then close the patient up. ... (3 replies)
... Just remember that discussion boards can present a skewed sense of success. Those who have had successful surgery are typically not taking time to come to the boards and share because they're busy living the life they want to live! ... (5 replies)
... S1 ALIF surgery 5 weeks ago. When my surgeon first suggested surgery, my first reaction was "I'm too young!". ... (3 replies)
... In six weeks from Monday I am scheduled for an ALIF to fuse L3-5. Then they'll flip me over and do a laminectomy. Has anyone had this experience? Please tell me what to expect! Thank you! (1 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. ... (5 replies)
... I am less than one week post ALIF done in NYC on April22 . I can tell you that I feel better than before the surgery already. My legs feel heavy, but not that nerve pain. And, they are better everyday. ... (5 replies)
... S1 reherniation...I to felt nerve pain in the right buttock and running down the calf after this last surgery that I did not feel prior. Started Lyrica and symptoms of nerve pain slowly diminished...after taking it for six months and pain meds... ... (11 replies)
... You might also want to ask if there are any positive experiences with
TLiF. I think the negatives you have seen pertaining to ALIFs are probably generalized comments about having a fusion rather than specifically to the anterior approach.
Doesn't your surgeon have a preference? Usually one approach is more appropriate to the specific patient than another and there are... (5 replies)
... to kick in. I remember after my last surgery I took Lyrica for quite awhile, finally deciding it wasn't doing anything, and quitting it. ... (11 replies)
... I can't really tell if the gabapentin is helping yet since I've only been taking it once a day for two days. I've definitely slept better the last two nights, so maybe it is helping with that.
Most of the pain seems to be running down the back of my leg, mostly in my calf. It bothers me some when I'm sitting up and a lot when I'm standing or walking. I haven't had any... (11 replies)
... Do you feel gabapentin is helping with your pain?
Since you didn't have leg pain previously and most of your pain was in your lower back, and now you don't have the back pain, my guess is that it is just a matter of time before the nerve pain in the leg will subside. That is assuming a nerve wasn't cut or otherwise damaged during a mishap in surgery, which does happen on... (11 replies)