I am 8 weeks post op from my 2nd spinal surgery. I had spinal fusion with decompression on L5-S1. I had L3-L5 fusion in 2007. Although I have come along nicely, my family has since stopped helping. I still have 2 more months to go with no bending, twisting or lifting. My dr said I will have good days and bad. All normal. The last 2 days my pain has really increased, there is swelling along the incision site (that goes down with ice and laying down) and I have been very discouraged with this. It may be normal but it scares me. My husband is an angel but when he says things like "why are u in so much pain? Or why are you going backwards now? Really upsets me. Makes me feel like I am letting him down with my progress. I have been in bed so much before the surgery that I want nothing more to get out of it and get back to my jewelry designing and health counseling practice. The ups n downs emotionally are tough and no one tells you that before surgery!
I just wish the family would understand (and remember) this is a long process. 6 months. I have 4 more to go. In the meantime, I wish they would pick up a vacuum or a broom! My house looks like a frat house! (I have all teenage boys).
Thanks for letting me vent. Sometimes I feel so alone until I come on here. Someone always understands.
DDD 2 level ALIF L3-L5 in 2007. 4/11/13 posterior fusion w/decompression on L5-S1.