I am just past the 2 week post-op L4/5 fusion. My surgery was 09/25/2014. This has been the week i actually ventured out in a car. I went to the Store with my mom and was very aware of my stamina. (When i felt I had enough, I went and sat in the car while my mom finished shopping.) My 4 year old daughter had a dentist appt and i rode along to make sure my mom could find the office. The trips out have been exhausting, but it truly felt good to get out of the house. This is the first time my mom has not been with me. She has taken my daughter camping with the rest of the family last night. My husband works full time, so i was sorta on my own (he works from home and I try not to disturb him).
Walking has seemed to help tremendously for me, even if they are just the short trips to the bathroom. I have walker for longer walks outside and a cane for when i feel extremely fatigued and need it. I only seem to need my pain pills and muscle relaxers at night now. My follow up is 10/20/14. I can't drive until i have it.
Everyone asks me how the pain is and I tell them that I do have pain, but it is not the same pain that I had when I walked into the hospital for surgery. The pain I have is related to the incision. I do think I am having nerve pain now as even the lightest touch to my hip/bottom hurts like the devil. I am hoping this will pass.
I am still icing my back daily and that help especially at night. The Dr recommended a "ice " machine for me and it has been invaluable. Ice and water go into a cooler, a little flat pad goes on my back, and it is plugged in. It circulates ice cold water continuously through the pad.
i am excited the recovery is going so well. I wanted to post this so there was a positive post about having the surgery as they seem to be few and far between. I know that I wish i was able to read more positive post before I had surgery.
Here's to more successful recoveries for everyone.