Hi all! Its been a minute since I checked in. Hope everyone is on the road to recovery.
Tomorrow marks the 3 month mark for me. It has been quite the roller coaster ride & still is. But it does seem that the highs keep getting higher and the lows less severe. My impovement over the past 3-4 weeks has been dramatic compared to the 6 weeks previous in which I had a long setback & felt I was just spinning my wheels.
I am now swimming weekly at the gym without ill effects. Still doing PT which does still flare me up a bit almost every time. 2x per week PT & 1 day at the gym seems to be working well. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays gives me good time to rest in between.
I hope to be done with PT by end of the month. I am lucky enough to have 2 insurances which allows me to still be going to PT. It helps me tremendously and is still needed in my opinion.
If I could say one thing to any new members nearing or in early stages after MicroD it is to expect a 4-6 month recovery, not 4-6 weeks. If I knew that I could have probably saved myself some mental turmoil.
My goal is still to be as close to 100% as I can get by summer. Maybe even better than 100%. I was not overweight or extremely out of shape before surgery. But now I have quit smoking & I rarely if ever exercised. So in those senses I may end up better than ever! At least that is what I hope.
Other than that, I still like having my collection of pills handy. Esp the anti-inflammatory. After PT or the gym it helps alot. And some nights when the numbness goes down the leg out of nowhere, Its nice to have a half a vicodin. I would say on average I take a prescription pill 2x week. Aleve 3x per week. and nothing the other 2.
Thats it for now, talk to yall soon!
L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!