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An_254989 posted:
In aug I had a lamenectomy w fusion L4 L5 s1.There was a disc crushing the nerve that didnt show up on the mri. I am doing realy well. Just take tylenol for the pain.I had a cat scan last week that showed the spine is fusing nicely.I wore the brace and now the doctor said I dont have to wear it anymore. I am still having a problem when standing a long time or walking any distance.I don't know at this point what my restrictions should be. If I try to bend to do some chores I get pain and have to sit down. Is this normal? Should I still not bend or twist?
bj1208 responded:
Hi and welcome to the support group -

This is really a question for your spine surgeon as he/she will let you know what your restrictions are.

I had a fusion L5-S1 done 2/08 and was under my surgeons care. I had fused 100% by my 6th week post op check-up and even though I was healing nicely I was restricted - No Bending, No Lifting over 5 lbs and No Twisting. I was told to squat instead of bending and because my pains were worse than before surgery, I could not lift anything over 10 lbs without causing more pains. I could not twist, even if I wanted to pop my back, as it would also cause more pains.

Once I reached my 6th month post op visit my surgeon released me (I had pains worse than before surgery) and was referred to see a Pain Specialist and Physical Therapy Specialist.

The recovery period for most fusion surgeries is 6 months to a year and it varies person to person as some may have shorter recovery periods and others may have longer.

Please check with your surgeon on the limitations and also see if he/she would refer you to a Physical Therapist and/or Chiropractor for therapy treatments to help get the muscles strengthen especially if you were wearing a brace as sometimes muscle tone is lost.

Please let us know how you are doing and what the surgeon says.
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