I am looking for some shared experiences or explanations regarding some swelling I am having.
So I am 6 weeks PO from a bilateral pars defect direct repair surgery (Scott wiring technique) at L5. I realize that I have alot of time to go regarding recovery but I wanted to explain my situation and see if you all have some input. Two weeks ago I had a flare up that lasted about 9 days. The flare up was swelling around the bottom third of my incision all the way down to my tailbone. It was extremely painful. After clearing up, I had a decent two days. Then out of nowhere my tailbone started hurting... basically felt like a bruise. It has been 5 days since then and the swelling slowly started coming back, but more so around the bottom of my incision and tailbone. My tailbone is definitely the thing that is causing me grief at this point and sitting is extremely difficult & painful. I am walking about 40 minutes a day and cannot get over the hump of more activity right now. Simple things like using my walker, going to kitchen, using grabber to grab ice packs out of freezer and returning to bedroom seem to take forever. When I saw my surgeon last Wednesday, I showed him pics of the last flare up. He took xrays and said everything was in place, said to ice when these things happen.
Would you say this is "normal"? Have you experienced swelling that continued to flare up in the earlier stages of healing and if so, about when did you notice things settle down? I feel like I'm constantly in between one flare up to the next and because of that, am not making any real progress. This tailbone pain is really bothering me.
Bilateral pars defect L5