I just joined this website because yesterday (April 29th 2014) I had this procedure done after finding out that I had extruded discs. I am 23 years old and have been overweight for quite some time - before this happened I was making great progress and working hard on getting into shape. One morning I woke up and I couldn't move at all - I was living in NYC at the time for film school, walking all over the place and working out a lot.
Apparently the disc herniations were quite large. The surgeon and everyone said that my surgery went great and I am at home now - the next evening - and I am trying to figure out what I am in for!
The incision hurts when I lay down on my back - which is obvious why because it is so fresh. BUT I need to figure out the EASIEST and least painful way to get in and out of bed. The doctors all have pushed into my head that I need to progressively walk more and more. They told me that frequent short walks is a good thing. The problem is that I get comfortable in bed and then realize I have to walk a bit and the pain that I have getting in and out of bed is the worst pain I have ever felt. The nurses all said that there is no way for me to injure what they did to me and that the pain I am feeling is the muscles - they compared it to pulling a rubber band actually. Does anyone know of an easy way to get in and out of bed with the least pain?
Also, they told me that within a couple more days I should be feeling a little better with the pain and that it might come back a couple more days after that. But, they've told me that by 2 weeks I should be practically 100%.
It is amazing that I don't feel the HORRIBLE pains in my legs anymore - for the first time in years - knock on wood. But, this back pain because of the 3 or 4 inch incision is pretty shitty.
If there is ANYTHING else you all might want to suggest that I do or something that might help me recover this whole ordeal, it would be very well appreciated!!
Thank you so much. I am hoping for a quick and full recovery - crossing my fingers so that I can get back to school and working on getting into shape.