So here I am, 6 weeks after my second surgery of my L5 S1. Every Sunday night I look back and wonder how I made it thru the past week and how am I going to get thru the next.
I had my 1st surgery 12/03, everything went great! Healed quickly, wasn't off of work very long, pain meds about 3-4 weeks after surgery and no physical therapy. Now 7 years later I feel horrible, my back hurts, driving I can only last about 30 minutes, I have replaced a body pillow for my husband and I feel guilty calling the surgeons office to ask for refills on the norco every two weeks.
Oh I have cried because of the pain. I can barely sleep at night and if I do I have to switch rooms because of mattresses, which is another story...brand new mattress at Art Van in 2/11 way past the 60 return/exchange policy.
Another thing that scares me is that about two months ago a co-worker that I know was hauled out of here because of withdrawal, I looked at her and said to myself...that is not going to happen to me!!!
So in the long run I have started physical therapy hoping that everything will be 100% again in a few months.
Does it take twice as long for scar tissue to heal because of the second surgery?