I am 12 days post-op (PLIF, L5, S1) and I am getting better every day. However, I am not pain free and still have a sensation down my right leg and sometimes pain on my right side that pulsates with my heartbeat once in awhile. I am hoping that this is just inflammation and will go away. I have a 2 week post op tomorrow and hopefully will get an X-ray that will reassure me that there are no loose disc fragments or herniated discs.
My stay in the hospital was a nightmare! I stayed 2 nights and was in so much pain and all I did was lay on the bed and kept asking for pain medication. Everyone that would come visit me would say that it was so cold in my room and I was sweating the entire time....my hair was wet from sweating...it was as if I had just gotten out of the shower...that's how much I was sweating. I was really getting on the nurse's nerves, but it was so painful the 2nd and 3rd day in the hospital. I was walking with a walker on the 3rd day and when I got home I was able to walk around the house and go upstairs and it was like I got almost 100% better at home.
Anyway, a lot of people that have had 1 back surgery usually get 2, 3 or 4 more. This is my second and I just pray that this is my last surgery.