I'm 5 days out from a discectomy for cauda equina and had a dural leak. I rested the first few days, but unfortunately I had to take my toddler to the ER 2 days ago. We were in the waiting room for 5 hours and never were seen. I stood, walked, and sat during this time. I couldn't lay on the floor because I would never get up. I know I over did. Yesterday we had a long day too. By last night my legs started hurting so bad. Mostly muscle pain and cramping like I had just run 5 marathons. I don't have any back or incisional pain. Since the surgery, my leg numbness as been much worse then before the surgery also. What I am confused about is how everyone says to take it easy if you are overdoing things and having pain.
Does this mean back/incision pain or leg pain?
I don't understand why my legs hurt so bad. Is it harmful to keep walking. (I know, ask my doctor). I'm just wondering if this happened with other people. Does resting get rid of the pain? Thanks for any help and input!