I haven;t written in a while because it is still difficult for me to sit at the computer. I see my NS this Tuesday for my 4 week followup. I am doing ok. When I used up all of the oxycotin, I have been using some nerve pain meds and muscle relaxers and oxycodone. I was doing pretty well, then the last 3 days the pain is almost as bad as after the surgery. But, I think I am trying to do too much too soon. I walked my dog 3 times, not for long and took it slowly, but it may have aggravated things a bit. Plus I did some dishes, unfortunately my husband's care and help has declined somewhat - that's another story - and I have to keep in mind 4 weeks after the major work I had done is not a very long time.
All in all, I am still glad I had the surgery and I am looking forward to not wearing this collar all the time and starting PT soon. And to sleeping in my bed!! Still have to use a recliner. Though it may not sound like it, my attitude is positive and I know a year from now, I will look back at all this and realize for the results, it was not so bad.
Thanks for listening.