I just wanted to check really that my progress is "normal".
I had PLIF L5S1 on 16th Oct 09 so nearly 4 months ago now.
I am still pacing myself - have learnt the doing too much lesson now! I am swimming 24 lengths a week day now (pre prolapse was doing 64-100 per day, pre op about 50). I have built that up from 8 per day in early Jan.
I walk for about an hour each day but am quite slow. I am trying to go faster but that is hard.
I still suffer with muscle pain (mostly core but some in my hips) and have been having some pain down my left shin that feels a bit nervey and is new.
I was thinking that probably the muscle pain will remain until I get to where I want to get- ie back to walking as far and as fast as I like and swimming my usual mile plus per day. The thing is that I am finding it hard to step it up. If I increase too fast then I have to stop for days as the pains around my middle are bad. Getting the balance right is hard and is probably why this is taking so long. I keep knocking my self out of action for days at a time!
Basically am I normal? Should I be pushing it more? I want to get back to normal fast but am aware of the downfall of too much too soon!
Someone at work asked today why I still have pain. I suppose that is the other thing - everyone thinks I should be fixed by now.
I have managed to tie my walking boot laces the last week which is loads more bending and I have done some laundry as well as bits of housework. I suppose I am actually doing more than I realise - maybe I should give myself a break?
I don't know this is hard isn't it? Patience is not my strong suit
Thanks for reading!