I had a L4-S1 fusion just under 6 weeks ago, things have gone amazingly well other than a bad skin reaction I had to the dressings which caused my skin to burn and then peel off, I was also severely constipated which wasn't pleasant either!
I have quite a large scar which had 36 staples in it, these were quite painful to be removed, but it was over fairly quickly.
Since week 2 I have managed to walk at least 4 miles a day on the treadmill, walking outside seems harder, think this may be down to the uneven ground and it does still feel strange being outside after being indoors for so long.
I had my check up last week and am now allowed to drive again, sitting is OK for short periods of time so I can manage to drive to the shops etc
I start physio in a few days time, I am expecting this to be the start of my pain. To be honest the pain I have felt up until now has been nothing compared to my life pre-surgery. Medication wise I am on 4x2 paracetomol a day with 2x10mg of amitryptilene on a night - I have been on this medication since hospital and think this is quite light?
My questions are:-
I walk slightly differently now and my muscles in my legs have been hurting as I walk (my right foot used to point to 2 o'clock, it is now back at 12). I am also suffering now with back/muscle pains on the sides of my back. Hopefully this is down to using muscles that I haven't used for so long, I spent the year prior to my operation using a back brace and a rollator. Do you think that the muscle pain I am experiencing is down to this? I am paranoid that my back is going to go into spasm again like before the operation, I know I am straight now unlike before when I would lean to one side.
Is the physiotherapy hard work?
Other than my current muscle problems I cannot believe how well surgery has gone, my old back pain that I suffered in my spinal area has disappeared. So far, so good!