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24 days post-op TLIF L4/L5 - Not going well

Started by TLIF_092215 on 10/17/2015 2:52pm

Had a brief period (days 8-10) of little pain and thought everything was ok. Was walking alot since that was recommended. Recently cut back because pain has increased along with nerve tingling on left side. I'd like to say I've got progressively better but that is not the case. Also, re-read my MRI report which showed L5/S1 had more notable damage than L4/L5. Not sure why surgeon didn't pursue multi-level while I was opened up. Sitting here now wondering what to do. Wish I had gone "The Disc Institute" route first before deciding on this. Reading all the reports, minimally invasive TLIF is supposed to be safe & predictable. However, reading some of these posts scare the hell out of me.

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24 days is nothing compared to the amount of time your body needs to heal! Give it time, back off on walking slightly, use meds if needed. Ice is your best friend. Do not go to the Disc Institute or any national place like that. I did hours of research on those places,they are fraudulent and wreck people. Trust in a reputable doctor and hospital. It took me 17 years to find the right one. Get multiple opinions if need be, but do NOT go to any disc inst.
I am 6 weeks post op ALIF L5S1 with total disc replacement. I am told it is major surgery, fusion takes at least 3 months to heal. In that time you will have PAIN. bone pain is hard to treat and can be very painful. Sorry to sound like mother hen I am just speaking from experience. Our bodies are miraculous things and are capable of a great deal. We just have to learn to be patient :) 6 weeks of no work has just about killed me!! Take care and good luck

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24 days is nothing compared to the amount of time your body needs to heal! Give it time, back off on walking slightly, use meds if needed. Ice is your best friend. Do not go to the Disc Institute or any national place like that. I did hours of research on those places,they are fraudulent and wreck people. Trust in a reputable doctor and hospital. It took me 17 years to find the right one. Get multiple opinions if need be, but do NOT go to any disc inst.
I am 6 weeks post op ALIF L5S1 with total disc replacement. I am told it is major surgery, fusion takes at least 3 months to heal. In that time you will have PAIN. bone pain is hard to treat and can be very painful. Sorry to sound like mother hen I am just speaking from experience. Our bodies are miraculous things and are capable of a great deal. We just have to learn to be patient :) 6 weeks of no work has just about killed me!! Take care and good luck

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I am not sure why he didn't.I has my l4,l5&s1 fused 11 years ago had no problem until one the screws started to come lose.I would ask my surgeon why he didn't fuse them together.Have you called the doctor about the recent problem.

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You have to remember that your nerves are still pissed off and it will take them a while to calm down. I'm just over 7 weeks post op and I still hurt like hell in new places! Just 3 days ago my back muscles started screaming at me and it's that take your breath away pain. I was told not to exercise until after my next post op appt in February and he may or may not suggest PT. I put my back brace back on for a few hours and it seems to help.

A week after surgery my left side screamed for a few days, then it changed to another location, and every time it moves it feels worse because it's all new to us. We got used to the one pain, but since the drs operated and brought us back to where we were supposed to be in the first place, the pain moves.

Be patient TLIF! It takes time to heal, especially when it comes to back surgery.

Take care!

Wendi

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