Im so glad to see that so many people are doing so well...and id be lying if i said i wasnt jealous too! I am 12.5 weeks post microdisc/laminect of my l4/l5...and i knew i wouldnt be 100% by now but i feel like im stuck in pain all the time. id say im 30-40% better than before sugery ....and idk what to do anymore. i have a followup mri with my dr in 2 weeks to see if theres any reherniation or something. somedays i feel better enough to feel kind of "normal" and the other days i feel like i surely reherniated as my pain is a 7-8 (presurgery it was off the charts and constant).
I keep telling myself hopefully its inflammation because it doesnt stay 24/7 like it did before surgery. but then i wonder, how can i be inflammed for so damn long!!!! ive been on antiinflammatories the entire time....which im sick of taking!
its like this, if i spend my days lounging around my house, not doing anything more than 1 "big" activity a day, i feel pretty good. not totally normal but my pain is low (3). These "big" activities as ive started calling them consists of normal everyday things: washing dishes, folding laundry, going to the store and back for 15-20 min, going out to dinner, sitting down to watch a movie, going for a walk longer than 10 min - all not physically demanding things. ive been walking as much as i can but everytime i increase it, even the tiniest amount, i have horrible sciatica pain and lower back pain. i see all these people walking miles by this point and i only walk 1-1.5 miles a day - total, the entire day! my walks for exercise consist of 5-10 min. if i walk more than that all at once, i HURT then i spend the nexxt 2 days crying and laying down.
has anyone else had this pain at 12 weeks+ and got better? i feel like im just hopeless like i had the surgery and im still stuck at home. i still cant make any plans. i have to start working again because our savigns is about gone.... lukliy i work from home (i make cakes for a living) but my job requires alot of standing, and on concrete floors on top of that. ive tried to do a couple small orders that took about 5 hours of work total a week and i HURRRRT. i did this at around 8 weeks...so i took another 2-3 weeks off thinking id feel better. NOPE! i feel exactly the same.
I actually keep a walking/pain log to see how things have changed. im def better than i was right after surgery ( i had pain if i walked for 2 min and was on alot of pain meds). now im on tylenol/advil...sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesnt. id say my progress stopped about a month ago. since then i havent felt better or any progress. its beyond frustrating. guess i will wait until my MRI to see whats the deal..... just wanted to vent adn see if anyone else had thsi trouble!
i should also mention, my pain is the most when im laying or sitting. when i get up to walk around it goes down some but after i walk for awhile it hurts again constantly. before surgery the only position i could get in for a tiny bit of relief was laying on my stomach.
also ive had NO PT. my dr first said he wanted me to have it after 8 weeks, that it would "help since i was pregnant the 9 months before i had surgery/herniated, and i havent bent over for so long and my muscles are very weak" when i asked at my 8 week check up he said "no you dont need it really." i said "well i havent bent over now in 12 weeks and i havent walked more than a half mile in god knows how long cuz it was summer and i was pregnant! then in pain from my disc!" he said "oh ya ur right. that wuld probably help you get some mobility back. but lets wait till i see your new MRI" btw, my new MRI wont happen until im almost 15 weeks post op! i feel like my bodies wasting away!