I thought I would give an update in the thoracic/upper back pain forum as well since today is my 5 week mark. I am actually doing quite well! I was pretty depressed last week wondering if I would end up struggling with chronic life long pain as I had went back and read every past post I could find from others that had thoracic disc surgery. Most of the people still experienced pain long after surgery which really concerned me especially considering I never really had much pain prior to surgery, I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel though as my pain level has greatly decreased over the past 4 days and my energy level and stamina is coming back. The tightness I feel in my lung is still there but I am getting periods of relief now there and relief from back pain. I do not feel any muscle weakness in my legs, (no more muscle spasms either). I just want to give people hope that may need the surgery one day. I think there is so much fear about it and I hope to relieve some of that. I am 39 and was in good shape with no previous health issues and no history of back problems outside of a small curve from scoliosis that never caused me any problems. I am still early in recovery but an extremely hopeful I will have a full recovery and normal life again. I am glad I did not wait until I had more damage and was falling or losing control of my bladder.
My success of the day: I loaded my dishwasher, cleaned up my kitchen and have not needed a pain pill yet today. I'm not over doing it and just adding some light chores as I can handle. I can't wait for 5 more weeks to go by!