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mbeckett
11-14-2014, 10:08 AM
I am 2 1/2 years post-op surgery and work full-time at a desk job. My surgery was from T2 - sacrum correcting curves of
75 degrees and 45 degrees. My surgery by all medical standards has been a success. Praise God for that!

I have a question to those who have had extensive surgery, work full-time and are in the 57 and older category. Have you found that since having surgery you move slower and fatigue sooner than you use to? For instance, before surgery I use to grade papers in the evening from my part-time adjunct position and sometimes didn't get into bed until 11 or 11:30. Currently I am not teaching any evening classes and find that I am tired by 9:30. If I go to bed any later than this, I am dragging the next morning.

I don't know how much of this is from the surgery, getting older or a combination of both. Fortunately I don't have any pain to speak of (unless I overdo it of course) so it's not that I am being worn out because of that or meds. Maybe my body is still recuperating and my expectations are too high.

Marjorie

Susie*Bee
11-14-2014, 12:33 PM
Dear Marjorie - I just retired... so this year I can sleep in if desired. (hooray!) But yes, I did find that my energy level decreased very much after my surgery. It took me a good 3 years to recover, and even then I found that I continued to improve each year after that. I still tire out some, but I think you may just be on the slow track of recovery. Don't be too disheartened. Eating healthily and continuing to walk will help. Best wishes. It's a journey, but one that is worth it in the long run.

jackieg412
11-14-2014, 03:41 PM
Hi Marjorie, I fell that I have more energy than the first year after the surgery but I agree with you that I tire out easier now. I wonder if it is because our movements require more effort? My family has noticed and have questioned me. Of course we all get older but I find I need to stop what I am doing and then go back later and finish. Like gardening, it all gets done but a little at a time.