Yesterday was the 3rd time since my August surgery that I felt as if I turned a corner in my recovery.
The first time was around week 4 when I started having occasional pain free hours here and there (this only lasted for around 3 weeks). The second time was around week 10-11, when I detected a noticeable improvement in pain levels and movement.
The latest turn is a puzzling one. I ran several errands in the morning with some pain. In the afternoon, I stopped at the gas station and made one other stop before a doctor appt (not related to my back). On the way home, I stopped at the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. After several steps, something felt strange. It was the feeling of being 98-99% pain free.
This feeling was not sporadic - it stuck around for the rest of the evening, with only occasional, extremely minor discomfort. Most interesting is that, with the exception of 2 Advil in the afternoon each day (approved by my surgeon), I have not taken any pain meds since last Friday.
I woke up this morning with the usual stiffness and pain, but within 2 hours I was back to the same, almost pain free feeling as yesterday.
It really is amazing how these things just happen.
How about you? What corners have you turned, and when did it happen in your recovery?