I've posted before and truly appreciate it when other members take the time to reply!
I'm seven weeks PO from an L3/4/5 decompression for forminal stenosis and a not so severe hen inaction at L5.
I'm still having sciatic pain in my thighs when I sit down (not all the time but after 15 mins it's a sure bet) I get in the car, and when I lie down I often get a numb behind. In addition I'm having so odd sensations in my lower legs I did not have before surgery. At night my calves are sore too. My incision still has swelling but nothing crazy.
I've been walking daily and just recently started PT and have been able to ride my bike on short trips around.
My surgeon, rehab md and PT all keep saying to give it time but frankly I'm scared as hell. The surgeon said my nerves were completely flat, red and inflamed. My rehab md said nine months at least. My PT said I'm over doing it and not letting myself heal.
Are they just telling me what I want to hear or does it really take time to heal? My anxiety is off the charts
I'm 43 now and have been very active my adult life. If I can't return to marathon running I'll be ok with that if I can just go back to some sort of sport/exercise. It was a huge part of my life. I feel useless and weak. I'm so depressed. Sigh....
I'd appreciate any help or advice you guys have.