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Hey Round1,
You sound a little discouraged, but really, I think you're doing quite well. Don't be too hard on yourself. I remember being 4 months out and feeling like I should be much better by then. But, like you, I had good days and bad days. I had times when I could be up most of the day, but even at 5 or 6 months, I laid down for an hour or two in the middle of the day almost everyday. This is such a huge surgery to recover from. There's much to heal and much care to be taken to encourage bone growth.

Even at 11 months, I was still seeing improvement. I was very surprised by that, even though I'd read over and over to allow a full year to recover. They're right! I'm now one year post op from my fusion and I have to say, I've continued to see slow improvement all the time. Sometimes I can only notice it by realizing that I couldn't do something a month ago that I can do now. But it's there.

Keep up the good work with the physio. That makes a huge difference! I considered my PT to be my job. I didn't allow myself to go to bed at the end of the day if I hadn't done all my exercises!

I couldn't have walked around a shopping center at 4 months. Don't worry. That will come. Give it more time. 4 months is still early. Keep being the good patient you've been and keep your good outlook. You're so right that your outlook makes a difference!

Take care!
Emily :wave:

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