I appreciate this forum like nothing else, especially today.
I had a lumbar micro-discectomy at the L4-5 level yesterday. Everything has been going well, and while the pain is definitely there and hard-core, it's tolerable.
I live with my partner, but thankfully my mom flew from my home state to stay with me this week. A few hours ago I found that one of my cats had tapeworms, and as I've been in the animal care field for years, I immediately jumped into as much action as I could, noting what needed to be done and calling in an order for de-wormers.
And then I realized I had been on my feet for too long, and while I'm doing my hardest not to twist/turn/pick anything up/use correct movements in any bending.... it's scary! I don't expect this to be the magic bullet, I have a multitude of other spinal issues that are complicating... but gahh! I became instantly horrified at the idea of re-herniating. So now I'm on bed, icing for a bit, and putting in a movie.
...and reading other posts on micro-d surgeries, and getting confidence from those of you that did not say "so I re-herniated after 24 hours" or some such thing. Might sound a bit crazy, worrying about things like that, but I guess I needed a bit of reinforcement.
Thanks everyone- for all your sharing, stories, and thoughts.