One Year Later

The spinal fusion was done a year and two days ago. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't have waited so long to have this done.

My pain level averages a 3 out of 10 on most days. Immediately prior to surgery, I was usually a 7 or 8, and having a hard time doing even the most basic things. A year later, I have far more good days than bad, pain wise.

That's not to say that it is all smooth sailing. As is common with those with RSD, having surgery exposed me to a spread of it. Yes, mine spread to both hands and I'm waiting for the appointment with the neurologist to discuss our treatment options. I walk around with frozen hands on 95 degree days, how many people can say that? At least these are not manifesting like the leg-they're twitchy and cold, but not electrically charged like my leg.

Still, the day to day is better than I could have expected. That's more than I could have asked.

Comments

JW said…
My wife seems to be doing well with her double back fusion. She wears a back belt and seems to no longer need the back brace she was originally wearing. She is finding that using a combination of a treadmill, bike, and eliptical machine are helping her back muscle get stronger and therefore helping her back. Still will take another 6 months for her back fusion to fully heal.

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