Hi all, I am now 3 and a half weeks post op from my adr surgery L5/S1. Recovery really is a roller coaster ride, and my thoughts on it are ever changing. Depending on the time of day I will change my opinion on whether this was a good idea or not.
When I first woke up, I thought that I was dying, had never experienced that after any other(spine or not) surgery.Between the pain, all the constraints of leg pumps and wires, breathing trouble with full face mask, it was horrible. It took a long time to get it all under control, but thankfully things improved.
Since the hospital things seem to be slowly improving, am able to walk around the house without walker(Yah!) and pain seems to be mainly different than before surgery. Things have really slowed down recovery wise though in the past week or so, and I am afraid things are not going to keep improving.One day last week I was feeling so good that it was the first day that I thought that this surgery was the answer. Unfortunately the next day I had to go out for the first time to the doctor's and the rest of the day and night I had unbelievable spasms that had me thinking "why did I ever have this surgery"
Deep down I know that this is a marathon and not a sprint. I am anxious for the warmer weather to arrive, to be able to walk outside.
My incision still has two strings (internal stitches) that are working their way out. They are now sticking out a good 4 inches. Hope that they disolve or come all the way out soon. Will snip them a bit closer to the skin. My incission is about 6 inches horizontal and is very numb and tender. The line is very thin and fading already, but feels lumpy underneath. Anyone else have any similar issues with incision?
I have a pedometer and have been trying to walk as much as I can around the house. My doctor wants me to be walking three hours a day by the time I go back to see him on the 21st. Yikes, I have a ways to go yet.
Hope that everyone is having a pain reduced day today!
>:D< >:-D< : Karen
L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
adr L5-S1 Feb 2012