Hi Everyone, Had two level fusion on Nov 13, 2013: L4/5-L5/S1. Stayed in hospital 5 days. On my second day of hospitalization, my mother died unexpectantly. Of course the shock and not able to be there was extremely emotionally draining and I believe it set me back some two weeks at least, to really start my healing process. Somewhere between the actual fusion and 3 weeks post op, I was informed S1 had fractured and collapsed causing excruciating pain at the very base of my tailbone. I had had this pain in hospital as well but no where as painful as the weeks went on. Now because of myself being emotionally "out of it" because of my Mom's death (crying hours on end for days). I began to notice a lot of arthritis type of pain in both hands, legs and especially both knees. If I got down on my knees to pick something up instead of bending over, it is so painful I am unable to get up unless I am holding onto something, take a few breaths and hope for the best to get up..
It has been like this ever since the surgery, not before. My hands are also an issue although I have had "trigger finger" a few years back but now when I wake up, I can not make a fist, they both are so painful and swollen. I've had trigger finger before but nothing to the extent of it incapacitating me so. My legs are very week. Not sure from swelling from this new "arthritic" type of ailment: due to the surgery, meds or fracture of collapsed disc. I know this is so much info but boy is it good to talk about it.
So how bout it. Any of you experience arthritis type ailments that effects your everyday life? Would love to hear from you.