Hi! I am a 51-year-old woman. I had an ALIF L4-S1 about seven weeks ago. Recovery has had its ups and downs, but has basically been very good.
2 or 3 days ago (time is so hard to keep track of, especially with my sleeping pattern all messed up), I got a sudden, sharp, localized pain in my tummy, just to the side of my incision scar. It hurt when I was standing, even more if I leaned forward a bit, but felt better when I was lying down. So, I stayed in bed for the day. The following day, it still hurt when I was stood up, but not as much, and I found if I put pressure on the site, it really helped. I wear a low California-style brace, and the pressure from the brace was sufficient.
Yesterday afternoon, I went for a walk around my block, which I try to do everyday it doesn't rain. It's about 2/3 of a mile. I live on a hill. My walk consists of walking uphill for the first 1/4, downhill for a 1/2, then uphill for the final 1/4.
On the final uphill, the pain came back, this time more to the center-left. It's almost like I popped a stitch or something, but I assume the internal stitches are already dissolved? The very bottom of my incision now has a bruise. It seems too localized to be a muscle, but I don't know.
Any one else have this happen?