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rehabilitation period after spine surgery

I had undergone dorsal spine surgery to remove compression on spinal cord at D-8 D-9 &  D-9 D-10 level. Surgery was done on 13.08.2010. After more than three months still I feel heaviness in abdomen,hips and legs. I could not walk without walker. Kindly guide me how much time is generally taken for recovery to enable me to walk properly?
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Following the removal of a meningioma at T5 I have been given various time scales for recovery  from 9  to 18 months. Be patient said my surgeon. After 5 months I still have nerve pain and am on medication for it. However, I am on my feet and can live a reasonably active life where before the operation I was unable to walk. I am grateful. Just HAVE PATIENCE! I think we are a rare breed. I have struggled to find any one to compare notes with.
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Hi there. Your neurosurgeon is the best person to check up for the causes for delay in recovery. He might want to have a relook/ re examine you and ask for a repeat mri  to check the status of tissues. People differ in the way they respond to illnesses, surgical insult and its healing. So its very difficult to generalise these things. I hope you are also in touch with a physiotherapist if there has been no contraindication. Take care.

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