I went for my 5 week checkup today and my surgeon is very pleased. He said I was doing better than he expected and that he agrees with my physio that the pain I'm getting in my thigh and hip is from the nerve waking up after being tethered for so long. I've now been released to drive if I feel up to it and can start weaning myself off the corset. Typical doc he says "if it hurts don't do it"! No Xray this time - he says you don't see significant fusing at 5 weeks so there is no point.
Had a rough patch last week with a bladder infection that spiked my Blood pressure up, but after a week of antibiotics I'm doing much better. I'm still a bit sore but it is more a deep seated ache than the sharp pain of before. I'm mostly managing the pain on co-codomol with a bit of tramadol on bad days. Best of all is that I have no more numbness or weakness in my right leg and I'm walking without my stick for the first time in a year. Physio is a bit of a pain (literally) - my nerve doesn't like being stretched and lets me know about it and I'm having to learn a different posture to what I've known all my life. Still can't sit or stand for very long and sleep is just as elusive as it was pre-surgery, but it is early days yet so I need to be more patient.