I am in post op week 6 from a microd on my L5S1. I started PT/walking at least a mile a day Post op week 4. I am a nursing student. During the break between semesters, especially while walking a lot and doing my PT routine, I felt a lot of relief and progress. I was able to do house chores like vacuuming, sweeping, dishes, and even squatting to reach the floors. If I felt any discomfort, I would just sit back in my recliner with my legs propped up on some ice, and it would go away so I could continue.
I started nursing school this week (Monday lecture was from 10-3 with an hour lunch break). The chairs are not very posture friendly for someone my height so I have asked for a lower chair but haven't heard back from the school yet. I feel like I have regressed back to post week 2 or 3. I can sit in the chairs for 30 minutes tops and then I have to get up and walk the halls for a couple of minutes to stop the aching. When I get home I can walk for a little over a mile and do my stretches and feel mostly better, but still achy. It mostly feels like I am bruised. I can rub my spine and not feel any of that bruised sensation until I get to about a half inch above, over, and below my incision site. I don't have any sciatic pain with the rubbing/pressure and the numbness in my right leg (which was there pre op) is not worse or feeling like it has regressed.
My theory is the sitting, and I am hoping if I can get my hands on a chair that allows someone my height (5'2") to sit with proper posture, than the aching won't be as bad. Did anybody else have this same situation? Feeling better and returning to work/school and feeling a regression? On days I have clinicals/lab and we are moving around, the aching is minimal and no more than what I felt at home when doing house chores. I just take some ibuprofen and feel it diminish. But the longer I sit in those chair, the more I feel an aching and the longer it lasts.
I guess I just wanted to write this to see if anyone else had a similar situation, and if so, what did you do to combat it?