I am 4 months out from PLIF on L5S1. I have had some ups and downs in my recovery mostly from "doing too much".
Well I didn't think that what I did on Thursday was "too much" but now I am in horrible pain again. I appreciate that it is not nerve pain and is "only" muscle pain but it hurts!
So thursday I worked in the morning (teacher - senior school)after my usual morning swim then walked the dogs in the afternoon (so far nothing that I don't normally do) but then in the evening I had to do a parents' evening. I left home at about 5.30 drove to school then sat from about 6pm till 8.10 pm. I had a fairly decent chair, although there was no lumbar support. I started aching 'round my hips almost immediately so I took the only painkillers I had - ibuprofen. That helped and after that I mostly just had that squashed together feeling in my tailbone. When I stood up to leave I was definitely stiff.
During the night I woke up in pain and felt like I had jolted awake. The pain was in my hips and across the bottom of my back.
The next morning I tried to swim as usual but gave up because it hurt too much. Then I had to work the morning but took it easy and sat down for both lessons. I was hurting quite a lot and felt really stiff. I can't take the narcotics in the day because they make me feel sick and giddy so got by on paracetamol.
I did not go for my usual walk on Friday and slept a bit instead. That night I woke at about 3am in loads of pain and had to take co-codamol. The same thing happened saturday and sunday nights. I am now not taking more than two doses of paracetamol in the day so that I have one to take as co-codamol at bed time and a spare for when I wake in the night.
I really hurt when I get up and am so stiff. I really just want to sleep but when I lie down it is really painful to get back up. I seem to have that velcroed to the bed thing back again.
I tried walking on Saturday but think that might have been stupid. I hoped that moving about would make me feel better. I haven't walked since.
I just don't get how the 2 hours of parents' evening can have knocked me back so far. It is now my half term holiday and again I can't enjoy it! I just don't know what to do to get past this. Is it just a waiting game? Or is there something I can do to make the pain go?
I do have a few valium left - should I try that? Should I just try and push through the pain? Should I rest until I feel better? I knew I was in this for the long haul but I didn't expect to keep getting poleaxed like this!
Sorry to go on again. Any help/solutions would be sooo gratefully received.