28 y/o athletic female - trail runner, crossfitter, was in pain for 6 months and tried all conservative treatment before having a microdiscectomy at L5/S1 1 week ago. I simply couldn't take the pain anymore and thought I was just putting off the inevitable. I seem to be doing pretty good, but have concerns about residual and new pain, as well as proper recovery exercises.
After a day and a half I took myself of the prescribed pain meds and switch to ibuprofen and acetaminophen. I took pretty high doses for those days because I just couldn't stand that back pain, but then the nausea caught up w/ me and I was able to make the switch. Now that my back is feeling pretty good, my glute/leg pain is obviously not gone. I know it may take a while for the inflammation to completely subside being that I was is a lot of pain for 6 months, but it's still discouraging. Also, I seem to have tailbone pain (deep ache) that has returned (only went away after getting a sit/stand workstation at work and stand 90%) and it hurts to sit or letdown on back or stomach. It seems to only get better w/ standing and walking. Anyone else have this issue?
I am extremely athletic and have a huge pain tolerance, which can be a down fall when trying to take it easy and listen to the signals my body is sending regarding pain. I can pick things up pretty easy w/ a straight back (thank goodness for weightlifting skills), but I'm just confused on what is too much or too little. If I take it easy, I'm afraid I'm taking it too easy; if I move around a bunch, I'm afraid I'm taking it too fast.
Any athletes have some good advice or reassuring thoughts?
Thanks in advance!