3 Years Post Op Lumbar Fusion - Still Scared to Move
3 Years ago this July, I had a lumbar fusion L1-S5 with a bone graph from my hip. I was in a rigid brace for 3 months and have had my ups and downs. All in all, I feel like my surgery was a success because the sciatica is gone! But since the surgery, i've had lots of pain in my hips and across my back at the base of my spine. From what research I've done on my own, this soreness and pain sounds like my sacroiliac joints are becoming sore from the shift in it's role of support. I'm so confused over what I should and shouldnt be able to do. Exercise is good but how much? Can i twist? bend? flex backwards? I have been given an elliptical and want to try that. Does anyone have any advice on using one after a fusion? Should i expect more soreness as i begin to work out? Geez the last thing i want to do is mess up this fusion. I've been so careful and actually i'm beginning to think i've been too careful and less flexible than ever.
I didn't go to physical therapy for 2 reasons. My doctor wasn't too excited about it becasue he felt that it wasn't much more affective than everyday activities. The other reason was cost. So unfortunately I dont have the experience of what a physical therapist would have recommended for exercise. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much!