as some of you might know I had PLIF 6 weeks ago today. After 11 days I developed a wound infection and had to restrict all exercise until it cleared 3 weeks later.
So for three weeks I pretty much did nothing as My surgeon said not to walk any distance. Having said that I did cook and so on when I felt up to it.
From last Tuesday (4 and a half weeks post op) I have been allowed to walk and I worked up from about 10 inuted to 35 minutes walking over a week. Since Monday I have been only walking the 35 minutes but on more uneven ground than before. I get tired by the end but a bit later in the walk and less so each day. The thing is that by middle of the afternoon I start to ache around my lower stomach and back and sometimes it throbs a bit. Paracetamol/ibuprofen works on this discomfort.
I have been struggling to sleep properly too- I wake up quite a lot not really comfortable- and I don't know if that is part of the problem. I have read the post about stomach sleeping and have started propping myself on a pillow but it hasn't made much diffecence.
I suppose I wondered if this is normal. Have the three weeks of infection delayed my recovery so I will be "behind" as it were?
I also know that I have had it quite good so far so I don't want to moan too much!! Do I just need to be patient?
Oh as an aside I am a secondary science teacher and work have asked about when I will be back. I have suggested after the christmas break - will I be totally better then without this core muscle ache??
Thanks in advance for any input.