After a failed discectomy in Dec. (resulting in more pain in legs and drop foot) I had my discogram done,(man, THAT hurt!) and I have two ruptured discs, L4/5 and S1 instead of the previously thought L4/5. I saw the vascular surgeon who's supposed to carve into me and scoop around my innards "like if you were to stick your hand into the inside of an orange peel without penetrating the flesh" so my NS can do "His" stuff. MY NS will be using cadaver bone (freaks me out a bit) and bone marrow from my hip that will be aspirated during surgery, and spun down.
I'd LOVE to hear of other's recovery, and what you did to keep yourself busy in the hospital. Were you able to climb stairs as soon as you got home? What about lifting objects (in my case babies) that weigh over 30 lbs? Was constipation an issue? (It ALREADY is with me and MS Contin). How has your pain changed/gotten better since recovery?
As of right now I have my ALIF scheduled for June when my husband can be home to help me with kids/eveerything. He's a High School teacher and football coach, so I need to be well BEFORE August. Well as in able to care for the kids. Would this have been possible in your case/recovery? If you knew what you know now after your surgery, would you opt for an earlier surgery if you needed to be "well" in 8 weeks? I know recovery is a personal thing, such as pain. But ALL input is greatly appreciated.
Shelley in the Pacific Northwest