As I am sure many of you know I had PLIF of L5S1 on 16th October 09. I found the first 5 months pretty hard going over all. Much more than I had expected (as my previous posts reveal!). My surgeon had told me that as I was relatively fit and active pre op that my recovery would be easier - all I can say is that I am glad I haven't had to have a harder one!!
Anyway I saw him today for my 6 month check - he is away when my real 6 month date is. My x-rays look good and he is pleased with my progress.
I am now back to swimming my mile - I took it steady and built up from 8 lengths in December to the 64 I did this Tuesday!
I have to say that I suddenly felt a load better about two weeks ago. Suddenly it seemed that all the pain and stiffness around my middle halved at least! I didn't quite dare believe it but it has stayed gone.
I have been suffering with some hip/groin/thigh/leg pain since the middle pain went but it is intermittent and seems to happen mostly at the end of the day when I am tired. I asked my surgeon about it today and he said it was due to scar tissue forming and that it should settle down as the scar tissue matures. Having read a few threads on here re scar tissue I really hope he is right. I suppose that at the moment I am not too worried as it is intermitent. Of course, it is making me uncomfortable in bed (again) so I am not sleping properly but all in all I feel so much better than a year ago (it is a year today that I first went to my GP about the sciatica) that I can live with that!
So I am going to continue to increase my activity - walk a bit further, swim a little faster but keeping it steady. I have really learnt the tortoise and hare lesson with this recovery. I have spent too many weeks rueing one hour's worth of stupid pushing it!
So, I wanted to thank all of you for your support and encouragement over the last few months. I don't know how I would have coped with everything without you all.