As a lot of you probably know by now I had PLIF L5S1 on October 16th so just over 10 weeks ago.
My question is about the muscle pain and fatigue I have been having. Oh and I suppose about what constitutes doing too much!
So about 3 weeks ago I was cleared to swim and went and did 5 minutes 2 days running. I also was a bit sociable the second day as a visitor came and instead of going and lying down like I felt like I sat to be sociable for about an hour and a half. I then helped decorate the xmas tree much later that day. Well the following day I could hardly move. Getting up out of bed was nearly impossible and getting back down into lying position was equally difficult! Pretty much like about 5 days post op. Actually being up or lying down was not painful but the transition was awful. The pain was all in my lower abdominals not really in my back. Well I stayed stiff like this for about a week with a slight improvement each day. I did walk most days just no swimming!
Well Christmas day and eve I did quite a lot - just up and walking and cooking etc. I suppose it was a long couple of days. Since then I have been suffering with the muscle pains in my lower abdominals but also have a bit of lower back ache too. I feel a bit unsteady around my hips like the muscles are pulling funny.
I tend to be worse at each end of the day.
So I suppose what I want to know is if this is normal? Quite a lot of you talk about pain after doing too much. Is this what you mean? On a positive note I very rarely get anything approaching nerve pain any more. The muscle pain is quite bad though - I have to take 2 cocodamol 30/500 at night to be able to sleep through. Otherwise I wake in the early hours with my abdominals throbbing. In the day I make do with plain paracetamol as I can't function on the narcotics.
I am worried because I am due to return to work as a teacher on monday and I am worried about how I am going to cope.
Sorry if this is a stupid question. It's just that I see all the people out there managing to do stuff and I wonder how they manage!