New here, age old questions & desire for direction, cheer leading or any wisdom to get me out of my far too long post surgical slump. Want to get to a place where I can ride & drive my horses on an almost daily basis. Needed to retire in 2012 (58 yrs.old) due to overwhelming pain. Have lived with slow primary progressive multiple sclerosis since age 12. Worked 45 + hrs/wk for over 33 yrs. Osteoarthritis in both shoulders required bilateral arthroplasties in March for rt shoulder, August (left) in 2013. Before I could completely rehab the new titanium shoulders, developed screaming memie radiculopathy in left leg. ER visit with subsequent hospitalization, yada,yada,yada had Level 5 spinal fusion with t-lif from L2 - S2 in November 2013. Dural tear during surgery, despite best efforts to repair, then spinal drain, had severe postural headache that wasn't resolved until January 2014. In April 2014, fell on my walker & fractured left tibia. So way too long debilitation & unable to stand or really do too much with arms. Recovery is long, depressing and frustrating. Walking with walker now very slow, driving car - one "outing" per day exhausts me. Am on no pain relief meds other than Rx NSAID, meloxicam & duloxetine for depression & osteoarthritis (now only in both knees). Prior to these surgeries, I rode at a therapeutic horseback riding center as well as on my own land and horses. Will resume therapeutic riding in 2 weeks. For past 2 weeks have been doing water walking (in, not on) in cool water outdoor pool. Gym & rehab pools too warm for me - causes ms to turn me into wet noodle & fatigued after 5-10 minutes - then useless for next 24 hours.
Question: does increased exercise cause enough pain to have to become chair/bedridden for hours later? Is this a too be expected thing this far out from surgery? I still walk with walker if going more than 5 steps and have varying degrees of difficulty getting up from chairs. Very frustrated with this ever so slowly course of recovery. Any tips for easing anger, frustration, and working on pain relief - am trying to meditate daily- this is a hard thing to do.
I would appreciate anyone's input..