I had MI TLIF on 12/3/09. I feel I have done real well until the 5th week. It is difficult to know what contributes to what. But I went back to work for half days.
After one 1/2 day, It was clear I was not ready and I took off one more week. After 1/2 day of work, I got muscle spasms I had not had before. Pain around entire middle, front and back, like being tightened tighter and tighter.
I had outside numbness on both legs that since has left.
I was very stiff.
Well, I thought I needed to walk more...that this would help. I am only able to do 1/4 mile and pain at the site where my leg joins the hip stops me from being able to walk further.
Well, I had to go back to work yesterday 1/2 day. It hurts
to get out of a chair and to walk. I took pain pills to get me going yesterday...but actually fell asleep!!! Today,
I took 1 pill and it helped for a couple of hours.
I've been in tears since I came home from work. Part from
the constant discomfort and part from fustration. I want
to be able to work and function. I feel I was doing better before last week.
my husband says to call MD. I have appointment next week.
I feel my increased pain is from pushing myself and taking less pain meds. But I really dont' know....
For all of you with experience... what I feel at 6 wks..close to 7..is more discomfort, stiffness, muscle sepasms, to be expected? When did the discomfort leave
for all of you who have been through this. I want to stop
the meds, but without meds it is really painful to get out of a chair, walk, etc.
Any comments will be helpful.