Some of you may have seen my on here posting things before. Ive had a rollercoaster of a recovery. I had a microdisc at L4L5 almost 6 months ago (in 11 days)... ive followed my recovery instructions religiously. i walk as much as a can, which i have to say isnt as much as i read others are doing which worries me. ive been in water PT for 10 weeks now. I felt a big improvement 2-3 weeks into water PT, but since its just stopped....if not gotten worse.
Ive had an MRI (right before i started PT) and it showed nothing. i even went to 2 more surgeons, neuro and ortho, all 3 drs have said the same... they dont know, it might be inflammation, slow healing, tight muscles, etc... "give it time"... which im very much trying to do.
im just very frustrated. last week my PT decided i needed to up my routine a little, nothing crazy just add a few more reps since i was handling the other well... well that was 6 days ago and im still in alot of pain. mainly, low back, butt and leg pain, both legs but mostly Right (before surgery it was all left leg only).
after surgery i did my walking everyday, kept pain/recovery logs, took all the meds they gave me (motrin, oxy, percocets, lortabs, lyrica, gabepentin, steroids for inflammation - not all at once)...and honestly none of them touched it.
now ive had maybe a handful of good days where i felt semi normal afer i started water PT... but then i have a week or 2 of really bad days. i dont get it. im just so frustrated and depressed over it.
i know i will never be 100% or "normal" and thats fine, but id like to live my life somewhat. the most i do these days (6 months post surgery) is go to the grocery store for 30 min max because otherwise the pain gets bad! i dont go on walks, everytime i do i get an increase in pain, instead i walk around my house, SLOWLY and not far.
its like my recovery got up to walking 1.5 miles a day TOTAL, not at once, at around 3 months and has just stopped prgressing. i had hope then thinking ok, if im progressing thats good, even tho its slow thats ok, at leats its getting better.
everytime i try to increase even the tiniest bit, i get a ton of pain again. they say walking is the best for this but walking actually makes it worse. nwo if i walk around my house, slowly, or even in the yard SLOWLY, and only for 10-15 min im good. if i walk fast at all, its bad news, like the other day we had to take our baby to the dr and i was in a hurry and sort of walked fast to grab my stuff to go, for maybe 5 min, not running just hurrying, and BAM the pain came back.
i just dont get it....and i dont know what to do at this point. ive been to more drs than i can count, had all kinds of tests and meds and i feel like theres no piont in getting anotehr opinion because im just stuck this way.
i cant even make plans to do anything fun because im scared how i will feel after. i saw an awesome cnocert id love to go to, but again walking a mile at once would kill me and those venues are BIG. go to a movie, no way i can sit for 2 hours straight.... UGH!!!
i just dont know what to do. sorry for the rambling,,, im just venting basically. i get tired of talking to my friends/family about it because after this long they seem to lose sympathy and kinda just see you up and about and think you are fine. i wish..... sorry again for the rant.
can i ask others at 6 months post microdisc.... what were you doing? i do stuff around the house, dishes, laundry ( i still dont vacuum), lift our baby (20lbs)...just normal stuff. now ive altered the way i do dishes, like i dont bend over alot, i get down on my knees get the dishes out then get up.... no strain on my back. i also dont carry any heavy loads of laundry, always small ones. am i doing too much? my dr said it was fine after 2-3 months so i didnt think at this point it was bad.
also, how was bending over for others. i didnt bend over for 8 weeks before surgery and 12 weeks after ( so 20 total) and now that im allowed to im not able to..literally and physically. i bend over and only get to my knees and my leg/glutes r so tight i have to bend my knees if i wana go any more... and i get ALOT of pressure in my low back. how were others around this time? i know everyone is different but im just curious if anyone else had so much trouble? thansk for listening to my rant!