I had a thoracic discectomy done completely posteriorly. The doctor said the surgery went very well, and he was able to get all of the herniated disc cleaned up and decompress my spinal cord. Today is 13 days post-op. I have three children, two of which are 2 and 1. My 2-year old weighs 40 lbs, and I definitely will not be attempting to lift her anytime soon. Lifting her is actually how I initially hurt my back in the first place. My 1-year old weighs 19, maybe 20 lbs. The discharge paperwork from the surgeon says not to lift more than 5 to 10 lbs for a month. However, I swear I remember reading somewhere that with a discectomy, because there is no hardware being inserted and there is nothing mechanically being changed within, that the no bending/lifting/twisting rule is not as big of a deal. I ask this because there have been times that I have been lifting my 1-year old. It doesn't hurt when I do it, and I'm trying my hardest not to do it often, because I don't want to cause any damage. However, do you think that it is truly critical that I do not lift her? The pain is getting better and better each day, and I'm having to take less and less medication to deal with the pain. Last night I ended up taking an Oxycodone, a flexeril, and a Motrin at one point because I was really sore. This morning I'm sore, but it's nothing I cannot tolerate. I haven't even taken my Motrin yet, but I plan to do so in the next few minutes.
The reason I ask is because my mom is freaking out at me for lifting my 1-year old. Again, I'm not doing it often and it's not like I'm hoisting her in the air. And most of the time if I need to lift her, I have my 10-year old do it instead.