Drop by for 4 month follow up for l5-s1 fusion
hi everybody. i hope everyone is doing well and on their way to a speedy recovery or on their way to getting things fixed and improving life.
I just wanted to follow up with everyone how i am doing 4 months after my l5-s1 fusion. It's been a long time in my mind.
Last week I rode my mountain bike for the first time since surgery. i only rode about 7 miles, and did some good fire-road riding. I didn't have problems because of my back, just got tired and fatigued from underdoing it during recovery.
Today was the first time i played tennis since surgery. I have never felt so good, well at least not since i was 19 and playing in college. Anyhow, my wife worked up a sweat and was tired, and i could have played on and on. No dragging my body around, back or leg pain. Just the good feeling that my choice for surgery was a good one.
I'm still dealing with a little post-op/recovery depression due to the fact i still am not full speed, and have limitations to how far and how long i can go, and since i was out 3 months from work for the surgery, i'm a little behind in my job, and it just brings me down occasionaly.
On the lighter side, I look back on all i have been through and wonder if surgery was my best choice. I was not a candidate for adr due to instability in my spine. I worried that i would not be as flexible, as strong, as able as i used to be before my back went south, and i look at how i went from just laying in bed, to struggling to walk. I look back and i can honestly say 100% that i made the right choice for me.
I know a lot of people post about fusion failure and other problems, but i just wanted to drop back by to let anyone concerned about the road they chose as being the best, that there are success stories, and there is good life after surgery.
just take care of your body and don't push yourself, and let your body recover, and you'll do well. Even though you'll be bored to death for a month or two, you'll thank yourself in the long run for taking it easy.
i wish you all well and i wish you all health.