Hello everyone. I had surgery (microdiscectomy/hemilaminectomy at L4/5) about 2 1/2 months ago. The surgery itself went very well and I was able to spend the summer recovering, doing physical therapy, and reducing my medication needs.
However, I'm back in grad school now and the stress of sitting and studying constantly are causing the 'old pain' to flare up. I expected this, seeing as I spent the whole summer taking it easy and following my doctor & PT's orders to a T, but of course it's a bit disappointing and frustrating to be back at the pain meds and have difficulty getting through a day.
I would love to hear your...
*thoughts on how long it took to feel recovered (or if you ever did)
*thoughts on ways that any students have managed to study/get papers done/etc. (as in: are there any contraptions out there that can prop computers and books above you while you lay on the floor so that you can work w/o sitting or standing?)
*I am able to stand during my classes when I need to, but what about you- how did/do you manage sitting, class time, the carrying of the few class-related items you need?
For the most part: I feel the recovery was going well but understandably slow. But now that I've hit the scholastic wall, I'm starting to flounder and need to reach out.