View Full Version : What Happens 8-9 Mos. Postop?

05-14-2010, 10:34 PM

I talked to a patient today, who was told by a pain management doctor, that spine fusion patients often have a setback at 8-9 months postop. We don't routinely see patients between 6 mos. and a year, so I don't really know if that's true. Do any of you have pain diaries that might affirm this?


05-15-2010, 07:00 AM

I was having a terribly hard time with muscle spasms during the 8-9 month post-op timeframe. During that time I also started back to work, so at the time I attributed the spasms/pain to the stress of the job, sitting at a desk for longer than I was used to, plus dragging around a computer bag (on wheels, which I still use.)

It took me 2-3 months to get out of that phase, but I was taking muscle relaxants at night. I wonder if you're onto something?

05-15-2010, 08:34 AM

Mine are here on this forum. I was in PT for my arm at that time, if anything, things were improving. I drew a recovery chart for my surgeon, and at that time I was about 80% recovered.

Having to go to work, and dealing with stress, will affect ones recovery. Control your stress, and the outcome will be different.


05-15-2010, 10:23 AM
I am surprised I have been lucky enough to get by without too much muscle spasms. I had surgery Mar 1st and, although I'm still dealing with some of the pain, it's way better than it used to be. I just have to be careful at work not to sit too long before I get up and walk around. But, I get busy at the computer and forget about it until I go to stand up and then I can hardly straighten up until after a few steps. I seem to have to force myself to stand straight and tall but I'm working on that too. I don't fancy the thought of any set back, let alone at 8-9 mos postop. Tell me it's not true.....Ha!

05-17-2010, 08:06 AM
Linda, thanks for posing this question.

Right now I'm between my 8th and 9th months post-fusion and am beginning to get concerned. All was going very well. I was walking better and better, doing aquatics, and taking beginning pilates. However, over the past several weeks, I have noticed a weakness in my left leg (my left side was most impacted by the surgery) and sciatic pain down into my heel. When I go to bed, I feel as if I am going to have one of those excruciating spasms in my left leg. Lucky it hasn't actually happened.

The setback I describe is not what I would call dramatic, but it concerns me nonetheless as it is a change in the wrong direction.

I'm interested in hearing from others on this topic as well. August 2009 Ladies, are any of your experiencing a setback?



05-18-2010, 07:43 PM
Hi Linda!

I just looked back at my 9 month post and was getting ready to do Thanksgiving for 13 people!

My theory is that by 8-9 months people are feeling better enough to start doing things they did before and they over do it. They think it is a set back when it just might be doing too much too soon.

Looking forward to seeing you Sat. at the meeting! Suzy

T-10 to L-4 2/22/06
Was 49* Now 8*

05-18-2010, 08:37 PM
Interesting! I was looking in my journal of every day stuff and in it I had mentioned that I felt like I had gone backwards 3 months. I was about exactly 8.5 months at the time. I decided it was due to the big snow storm we had mid-December but it did last a long time. So there may be something to it. Janet

05-18-2010, 08:50 PM
Well, well. I am eight months post-op (one of the August ladies!)...and lately my stamina seems to have taken a nose dive...mostly due to the fact that the strange leg pain I had off and on 3-4 months post-op is back...making it hard to drive and stand. Lifting my right leg (my incision is on the right side) hurts. My PT awhile ago thought it might by my femoral nerve aggravated by all the rearranging of my body. BUT, I have been driving a lot (spring sports, etc. for all my kids) AND I did stop going to PT about a month ago b/c I just didn't have time. SO Suzy might be on to something...maybe we gat a little careless and try to do too much. I am actually trying to get better at doing my PT exercises and get back to my walking on my treadmill.

05-18-2010, 10:35 PM
I don't remember having any problems at 8-9 months. My surgery was in February (2000), and in October/November I was pretty much back into my normal life, working, exercising, etc as before. But I agree with the others - a lot of people probably try to do too much at that point, thinking they're recovered, and they end up faltering a bit in their recovery.

05-19-2010, 11:25 PM
I had my surgery in Dec 2005 and I'm sure that I had no problems at 8-9 months.

05-20-2010, 01:23 PM
9 months is when I kept noticing little random improvements to celebrate.

05-20-2010, 03:23 PM
Can't say I remember any problems at 8-9 months but I think Suzy might have something there.