Hello everybody in spine-health forum land
I had lumbar discectomy and decompression surgery 2 weeks ago. So far everything has gone according to plan, I'm resting and being spoiled by a loving boyfriend who enjoys taking care of his "sick" lady…although I stand firm on my new motto : "I'm not sick….I'm healing" (gotta stay positive ey)
Anyways, on to the questions….I have a couple
1. My steri strips have come off and the wound is dry and happy, but I've noticed a huge bump just above the actual cut. It seems like it might just be swelling, I just find it odd that the swelling appears above the wound rather than in the actual spot where they were tugging and pulling. Is this normal, will it go away by itself or should I panic, scream and cry?
2. I've noticed that I'm a bit more sore now than I was initially. It may just be because I've started to move around more than I initially did. I'm very unsure as to how much I should be doing at this point. I don't want to overdo it, but at the same time, not doing anything will also make things worse (and drive me crazy in the process). I'm 2 weeks in and should be returning to work (part time) after 4-6 weeks, so I have this idea in my head that I should be halfway back to normal at this point….really not the case though….
It's not a serious "pain" that makes me want to cry and scream into pillows, it's more of a soreness, as if I've been punched repeatedly in the back. So it's not unbearable in any way, in fact it's far more "enjoyable" than the pain I had before, so we're going in the right direction. The doctors, physics, nurses and other people in lab coats all told me to listen to my body….so what is my body telling me now? Is it saying "Stop it, lay down, chill out, watch TV" or is it saying "yay we're doing things again, but we're a bit stiff though"
3. Since the surgery I've had a really hard time reading. Well…not reading, but seeing the words that I'm trying to read. All the letters seem to be blurring together, no matter how hard i focus. At this point I'm zooming in to grandma size lettering to get through an e-mail. Could this be the anaesthesia, will it wear off, or am I just blind now?
I would love to hear your stories if you have experienced something similar, if you have some advise…or if your feel like sharing any other random anecdote
All the best to all of you, and thanks in advance for your input, it's much appreciated....