Hi, I'm 6 weeks status post hardware removal from previous back surgery L3-S1 fusion and new surgery for herniated disc L2-3 and fusion again. At first I thought, boy this is better than the first surgery where i was basically incapicated for almost a year to this new one where I'm 6 weeks out and without the pain medication Norco 7.5, I'd be bed ridden all day. I'm somewhat ok with taking the pain meds but they wear off and OMG, it starts all over again with spasm and pain all across my lower back, hips and spasm further up the spine.
I am also so tired all the time. I have to take a afternoon break for at least 1 hour to rest my back laying down or I can't budge. I am doing everything the doctor said to do. Take walks, no walker usage, no additional supports of any kind. I see his nurse practioner in a couple of days and she never had much to say about anything. I 've gotten 2 x-rays since the surgery and all is well.
Now, for a new set of problems. I'm clumsy I guess. The other day I tried to walk over my wire garden fence. Didn't wake it. I fell big time right across the wire fence and bent a goof size pole. Now my back really hurts.
OMG! I'm crazy with this pain........... getting depressed about my stupidity of falling and hurting things worse.
I'm 63 years old. Pretty dumb huh?