I decided to try driving my car today because I needed to get some things at the store. Before surgery, and for several months, I have been unable to drive my car without excruciating pain shooting up my left leg, into my hip and to my back. My car is a manual transmission so every time I pressed down on the clutch with that left foot, I got that terrible pain. Also, my car is a little lower than I'd like it to be with my back issues. Anyway, I go out to start the car.... the battery is dead. Crap. I get the car started and I start to drive.
There was no more pain. No more pull on my nerves or muscles. No stabbing, searing pain in my hip and back. Nothing. I won't lie, there were tears forming in my eyes because for the last year there has always been pain.
So, now I get to the grocery store and I was smart, I took my grabber with me to the store so I would break any of the BLT rules. I take my time walking and stick to the things I need to get and don't get anything really heavy. I get halfway through the store and I thought I was going to pass out from the amount of pain in my back and hip. It was throbbing. I grab what essentials I actually need (1/2 gallon of milk, TP) and head to the check out.
The guy was FLYING at the register and he was sort of huffing and puffing because I was taking my time loading the belt because I was lifting with my arms, turning with my full body so I wouldn't twist and then placing the items down and moving on. So I stopped loading and just stood there and stared at him. I asked him if he was finished with the sound effects and he sort of curled his lip up at me, like a snarl. Thankfully the manager was coming by at that time and I explained what was going on. She apologized and I very politely (no, really, I was very nice) explained that even though I may look like nothing is wrong, I was actually in a considerable amount of pain. That I just had back surgery at the beginning of the month and I cannot do certain things yet. I also stated that instead of him sighing and making a big deal of my slow movement, maybe he or his bagger could have come around and helped unload my cart if it was such an inconvenience for their 18 year old healthy selves. The cashier shut up and I received an additional percentage off of my order along with 3 apologies. There was young couple behind about that same time who ALSO apologized (though they did nothing wrong). They said they should've offered to help.
Once I came home, getting the bags of groceries up the 3 flights of stairs was an ordeal. I took my time and it only took me 2 loads. The only heavy items were the milk and the 1 Liter of Coke. I took my time walking and took a good break between the loads. I then took my time putting the items away before immediately sitting on an icepack.
I feel a lot better now. I did go ahead and take a half a pain pill plus a muscle relaxer because I could feel the muscles start to jump a bit. It was my first trip out without any help so I actually feel really good about it, even though there was pain. It wasn't close to the kind of pain I had prior to surgery and it was short lived and stopped once I took a good break.
Sorry for rambling, but I wanted to share my day and I couldn't resist telling you all about the grocery store.
36 yr old with one degenerative disc (L5-S1)
3 rounds of Epidurals in 2013
6 PT visits in 2013
Microdiscectomy L5 S1 on 9/5/2013.
Re-herniated in January 2014.
Epidural on 3/3/14.
A/PLIF (L5-S1) 6/3/14