I'm new to this forum, but have already found it chock full of so much information that has been more than helpful. Plus it is nice to have a place to go where other people know exactly how I'm feeling. It's nice to not feel alone.
Here are my two questions, and while I know that we are not doctors and cannot offer advice, I'm just looking for other's experiences.
1. How long before you could sleep lying down? I continue to try to lie on my side (my back hates it if I lie on it) with two pillows between my knees to keep the spine straight. I've now moved up to successfully sleep for two hours before the back pain wakes me up and I move back to my recliner again.
2. I had significant nerve damage done three weeks before my fusion. I lost almost all sensation in my left leg and foot (but I did not lose bowel and bladder, thank God). Since surgery, I've gotten most of my sensation back in my thigh and calf, but still have not recovered any sensation in my left heel and ankle, which makes it extremely difficult to walk correctly. My doctor has recommended physical therapy and I will begin that next week. I'm wondering if anyone has experienced losing sensation and gaining some back in some areas and none back in others. I'm resigning myself to the fact that I may not regain sensation in my heel and ankle and I'm okay with that, but i'm wondering if anyone else has this problem. Have you been able to start walking correctly?
3. The taboo subject - sex. I have found a way to do it that is not painful during, but I found that afterwards (later that night and for a couple of days) my back was sore. Guessing maybe I'm not ready yet, or will it always be like this?
Thanks in advance for any and all input you can give me!