View Full Version : 4 1/2 months post-op

loves to skate
04-16-2008, 09:18 AM
I am now 4 1/2 months post-op and for the most part am feeling very good. I haven't had restless leg syndrome since I started taking 600 mg gabapentin a day, so that is a real plus. I went to the gym last week to use the pool. I thought swimming would be really easy, but I almost sank to the bottom of the pool. Needless to say, I stayed really close to the edge of the pool while trying several different strokes, none of which I could do except a few strokes of the breast stroke. Yesterday I went to the pool for the third time and was able to do the breast stroke and the side stroke so they were recognizable. I guess I just need to be persistent with the swimming. At least it isn't as boring as walking on a treadmill. Finally it is warm enough to walk outside and I have been able to walk 2 miles at a pretty good pace.

I had a chance to meet and have lunch with Linda W from this forum last week and we had a really nice time. It has been a great help to me to meet and talk with someone who has gone through something similiar to what I have experienced.

Take care all and God Bless, Sally

Chihuahua Mama
04-16-2008, 12:52 PM
Thanks so much for the update. I haven't scheduled my surgery yet - mostly out a very healthy respect for recovery period so I appreciate everyone that posts about their progress - especially the good results, it gives me hope. Walking 2 miles is one of my goals (I can manage about half block right now) and it's one of the main reasons I need to have this surgery - that and not being able to stand for longer than 5 minutes. Keep up the good work and best of luck!

04-16-2008, 01:43 PM
Yay, Sally! It sounds like you are doing really well. You've had a pretty quick recovery time, so that's great! That would be a little scary swimming and feeling like you were sinking-- but it sounds like you are easing into that ok. Yes, isn't it great now that some of us are finally getting a little bit of spring weather?!!! It is sunshiny and beautiful here today, but the wind is blowin' like a sun of a gun... I guess you can't have everything! (But that doesn't keep us from wishing!!!)

I started a new round of physical therapy today, 6 weeks' worth... for core strengthening. I'm excited to be moving on to another section of my bod, although I still need to do what I've already been working on (arms and legs). For those of you who will have longer recoveries, like me, it just keeps getting better and better. I am so much stronger than I was just a few months ago. :D It just takes some work and perseverance, but it is paying off. I'm so glad I had my surgery, even with the long recovery time. Chichuahua Mama, you'll do fine when it's your turn. It's rough, but well worth it. I have no regrets. :) Take care!

loves to skate
04-18-2008, 12:20 PM
Hi Chihuahua Mama and Susie Bee,
Thanks for your replys. Chihuahua Mama, I couldn't stand more that 5 minutes either and could barely make it to the mail box, less that 75 feet from the house, so there is no question in my mind that I wanted to have the surgery. I was not going to settle for a wheelchair. Let us know when you schedule your surgery. We'll be rooting for you. Like Susie Bee, It was a little rough at first but I have no regrets either. I figure it was rough before the surgery as I wasn't able to do anything I enjoyed and was in a great deal of pain. Susie, at what point in your recovery did you start your PT. My Doc said at 6 months to start PT. I've noticed others on this forum have started much sooner. Does it have to do with fusion to the sacrum or is it just the Doctor's preference?

04-18-2008, 07:22 PM
Sally-- I would have to say that compared with some, my doctor has been conservative with the PT. He said that, in general, walking was the best exercise to do. Other than that, when I first got home from the hospital I had a little bit of "in home" PT from a visiting therapist. Just some very basic stuff. At 6 months I got a dx for 6-8 weeks worth, for building arm and leg strength. It actually also helped my back muscles some too, because the point of attachment for many of your arm muscles is in your back. And your legs, glutes, and lower back are so connected too. At 11 months I was released to begin some core strengthening, so am back to PT for 4-6 weeks. That started this week. Even at 11 months, I'm not to do any pelvic rocking or any twisting or bending of the spine. That includes not doing even partial sit-ups (like just 1-2 inches) or anything similar. Everybody's different-- and so are our doctors!