I'm still alive & kicking, Michael. I've just been rather busy lately and not spending as much time sitting at the computer. The weather has been nicer so I'm getting outside more. I'm not pulling a Pete though. I do take breaks and by 2:00 in the afternoon I've pretty much had enough. I'll take a hot bath, bt meds, then lie down on the bed with my cat, Russell, until my husband gets home from work. It gets frustrating not being able to get alot done like I used to. I really miss the old me.
I remember after my lumbar surgery walking & hurting was pretty much my life. It wasn't until I got to see the first x-ray to check to see if I was fusing that I realized why I was hurting so much. Just seeing those long screws in the disc made me understand the amount of pain. Did they take any bone from your illiac crest? My surgeon used cadaver bone to replace the disc but did shave some off the illiac crest to add to my metal for reinforcement. That area gave me problems for a long time and I do wonder if that is still giving problems by allowing osteopytes to form where the bone was removed. I've had 8 surgeries now and have survived them all so just be patient, you too will heal with time.
I will hopefully have my nerve ablation done on April 12th, if all goes well with the insurance pre-cert. The diagnostic injections were so successful that I am just wishing so hard that this works. I am sick and tired of hurting all the time even with the meds. They really don't seem to help alot but I don't want to go any higher with the amount and loose what mind functioning I still have.
Take care and thanks for checking on me!