I am almost 6 weeks post-op from TLIF of L4-L5, L5-S1, and posterior fusion with instrumentation of L3-S1.
For the most part, I am pretty happy with the results after being in pain for over 15 years! After so many years of so many people thinking the pain was in my head or a case of drug-seeking, I find myself having trouble discussing concerns I am having about my recovery with my doctor.
I am hoping to find some answers from fellow sufferers and survivors.....
The first thing is...I am sooo tired all the time. I am having a hard time doing the walking that the doctor suggests. I cannot imagine being able to ever walk a mile. I feel happy when I can get to the end of the block and back. I get wiped out just going into the kitchen and making myself breakfast. I feel like I am behind the curve on improving and honestly nervous about talking to my surgeon about it.
For some reason I have this feeling of not wanting to "disappoint" him after he lauded me with compliments on how quickly I was on my feet following my 7+ hour surgery. (I was up the evening of the surgery with assistance and without assistance, though with supervision, the next day). I do have a history of treating healing as an event rather than a process but I have been really careful not to over-tax myself...I guess I am just curious if being this tired 6 weeks after surgery is somewhat normal?
Wow, that sure was a lot of typing for that question
now I am not sure I want to go on.....but I am going to
I do apologize for the length...I am just so happy to find a place where I feel "safe" to post these questions and concerns.
The next issue I am having is that I have been running a temp of 99.5 for almost 2 weeks when my normal body temp is closer to 97.5.....again, I don't want to come across as a hypochondriac but I am quite worried about it. My incision looks as though it is healing well though I am getting a lump about the diameter of a baseball in the center of it. The lump isn't warm or red or particularly painful so I don't know if I should be concerned. All the literature the hospital and surgeon sent me home with uses the magic number of 101 degrees to call them about...
The final issue I am curious about....how many people are glad they went through with their fusion? I vacillate already though mostly just because of the extreme fatigue. For me I had instant relief from the surgery, the pain I do have is so far less intense than the pain I have dealt with that is almost like being pain free...if that makes any sense
Anyhow, for those of you who read my novel...er post...I appreciate it