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Taking things one day at a time is the way to do it. Don't "take inventory" every day (like asking yourself "am I better today than I was yesterday?"). Just follow the rules, keep walking short distances frequently on flat surfaces, drink lots of water, get lots of rest and do what you can to enjoy each day.

Expect to find that "progress" occurs in baby steps. You will move forward and then find yourself taking a step or two back every once in awhile. Eventually you will find that you are having more good days than bad...but be prepared for a long recovery.

Your body will recover at its own pace and there is little you can do to hurry it along. When people try to hurry the process, that's when problems tend to develop. When one does too much it can set up a vicious cycle of nerve pain than can be very difficult to break. This is especially true with a fusion at L5-S1. It is easy to cause a flare in the sciatic nerve and to develop problems with the sacroiliac joints. It takes the body a period of time to readjust to the new alignment created by the fusion. If one does too much too soon the area around the fusion has to absorb the L5-S1's sudden inability to move before having a chance to adapt, and the result is new pain!

An example of this is walking. The eager patients think "I was told to walk. Walking is good. If some walking is good for me, walking more and longer should be even better." But often it does not work that way and the result is new pain. The person tires himself out, causes sciatic pain, problems with the SI joints, which results in piriformis pain which stretches over to the hip and feels like hip pain when walking.......(for example). I can tell you from experience that it is easier to avoid flaring nerves to begin with than to deal with it after it happens. Try to adopt this mindset every morning when you wake up and things will go better for you.
[QUOTE=teteri66;5215702]Taking things one day at a time is the way to do it. Don't "take inventory" every day (like asking yourself "am I better today than I was yesterday?"). Just follow the rules, keep walking short distances frequently on flat surfaces, drink lots of water, get lots of rest and do what you can to enjoy each day.

Expect to find that "progress" occurs in baby steps. You will move forward and then find yourself taking a step or two back every once in awhile. Eventually you will find that you are having more good days than bad...but be prepared for a long recovery.

Your body will recover at its own pace and there is little you can do to hurry it along. When people try to hurry the process, that's when problems tend to develop. When one does too much it can set up a vicious cycle of nerve pain than can be very difficult to break. This is especially true with a fusion at L5-S1. It is easy to cause a flare in the sciatic nerve and to develop problems with the sacroiliac joints. It takes the body a period of time to readjust to the new alignment created by the fusion. If one does too much too soon the area around the fusion has to absorb the L5-S1's sudden inability to move before having a chance to adapt, and the result is new pain!

An example of this is walking. The eager patients think "I was told to walk. Walking is good. If some walking is good for me, walking more and longer should be even better." But often it does not work that way and the result is new pain. The person tires himself out, causes sciatic pain, problems with the SI joints, which results in piriformis pain which stretches over to the hip and feels like hip pain when walking.......(for example). I can tell you from experience that it is easier to avoid flaring nerves to begin with than to deal with it after it happens. Try to adopt this mindset every morning when you wake up and things will go better for you.[/QUOTE]

Terteri66, maybe that is what I did? I was doing great at 9 weeks post op from my A/P. L4--S1 fusion. My pain has elevated after a two day attempt to return to work. Pain is in lumbar like knives, plus piriformis area, hip, and right foot. If that is what I did, how long do you think, from your experience, until it all shakes out a but. I am now at 16 weeks, and still hoping for some improvement.

As for Shelly, hang in there, I am at 16 weeks, and still waiting to go back to work. I just got prescribed PT yesterday, so hoping that will help! I do see progress like terete66 said, but just like she said it is overall a very slow process, more than I thought. But you will see it. Just don't overdo like I did.





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