I had a Laminectomy and Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) on my L4-L5 and L5-S1 level on the 15th of February 2013 and I was wondering what progress I should have been making up to now.
I left the hospital 5 days after the surgery and was only mobilized on the 3rd day after surgery, as I was to weak the first 2 days. Upon leaving the hospital I had a bad cough so they prescribed my antibiotics, I finished the course two days ago and the cough is as good as gone.
Currently I can do the following:
Go without any pain medication in the afternoon
Shower and Dress myself (without drying myself)
Go to the toilet myself with my back brace on
Walk about 400 meters with my back brace on
Prior to my surgery I had no pain in my right leg, but since two days I am suffering from a burning sensation in my right leg (thigh) and numbness over the entire leg.
When walking my muscles get tired the longer I walk and the back pain increases as well, feels like someone pushing their wrist into my lower back.
The scar on my back itches a lot and when rolling onto my side (upon getting up) it feels like it wants to tear.
Is my recovery good enough or should I be able to walk further by now?