Good morning all. I'm having a microdiscectomy and foraminotomy done at L4/L5 and L5/S1 next Thursday, May 30th. I will have someone staying with me for the first week after surgery but will be on my own after that. I know this sounds silly but the thing I'm most worried about is taking care of my pets while I'm recovering. I have two cats and a chihuahua and I realized that I bend over a LOT for feeding, walking, cleaning up, etc. Even just getting my dog's leash on seems like it will be an issue. If anyone has any tips they can share I'd very much appreciate it.
Some background on me: I'm 38 and have been dealing with back pain since I was 12. Back then I was too embarrassed to tell anyone because, well, I was 12! I tried tackling it when I had a terrible case of sciatica in my 20s but my doctor's weren't exactly responsive. I'm particularly concerned about this recovery as it will be my fifth surgery in 4 years (but my first back surgery) - I have Crohn's disease and am a colon cancer survivor which took quite a toll on my body. I've tried ESIs, RFA and pain medications. I've been on Nucynta for the past year which takes the edge off but doesn't give me great relief. My doctor offered me a spinal cord stimulator but at this point I'm ready to just get in there and try to fix the problem instead of just managing it.
Thanks for any helpful tips!