Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to join this forum. I had surgery last Monday January 13th andinitially the signs were good, only experiencing slight numbness in my left foot. On discharge I had no leg (nerve) pain at all just pain from the operation site. This was the case for at least four days, I have not felt that I have needed to take Tramdol since Friday. On Friday I went out in the car to wound clinic to have my dressing changed (my husband drove). Again I felt quite good although on Friday started to feel that I was having some aching in my quadriceps. On Saturday, I went to watch my son compete at athletics in London (about an hour in the car each way) , my husband drove, he took out motor home and I was able to lay down and rest throughout the day, although it was a long day, I was able to sit throughout and only walk very short distances. On Sunday I felt that it was best to rest as I still had the ache in my quadriceps, although bothersome was not too painful so rested throughout the day only getting out of bed to shower, eat and visit the bathrooom. I also developed quite a bad headache Saturday night and throughout Sunday which would not resolve despite taking Nurofen and paracetamol.
I have been doing the exercises recommended by the Physiotherapist (in the information book) with the exception of the bridging, however yesterday (Monday) I felt able to do this despite the niggling aches. Throughout the day I developed a familiar ache in my left Glutes so thought perhaps again it was best to stay in bed again and throughout the evening this pain worsened, although not to the extent that I felt the need to take pain killers. This morning I have woken with a reoccurance of the sharp pain felt behind my left knee (laterally) so have got up and decided maybe I should not rest and maybe mobilising would be better. I have got up and taken a short walk down my road which I was able to do with the pain. Prior to the operation this pain prevented me from walking conventionally so even though there was pain, it is not as bad as prior to the operation. For obvious reasons, I am hoping that this pain and the pattern is typical of the healing process following surgery? However feel like I need some reassurance that I am doing the right things. Today I have not attempted the bridging exercise in case this was too early, although do feel able to do this. Today is the first day that I really feel that maybe I should take some Tramodal, but do not want to head straight back into pain killers.
Please can I get some advice, just to make sure that I am not hampering m recovery and that I am doing the best that I can to help myself. There is no reason for me to suspect that I could have injured myself, I have been meticulous not to lift, twist or bend, although do wonder what I may have done turning in my sleep? However, assume that any turning in bed is supported by the mattress so don't imagine that should be a cause of concern to me?
Maybe I am expecting too much just one week after surgery. Having had such positive signs early on, I am just concerned about the gradual onset of symptoms again. Incidentally the numbness in my foot remains, although I would not call this troublesome
Many Thanks in advance for any advice