I was on the forum around September and October of last year, facing spinal fusion surgery after enduring 17 years of extreme pain from all of my injuries, and abusing my high pain tolerance rather than taking any pain medication.
Well, I had the surgery. The doctor fused the L-5/S-1 without metal, due to my metal allergies. He also removed a very large bone spur off the vertebrae...it was severing the sciatic nerve, hence all of the elevated pain that led me to try painkillers for a few months, as well as all the random falling episodes.
The surgery, IMO, has gone excellent. In two days, it will be 6 months post op. I cannot go back to the doctor for my 6 month evaluation because my husband lost his job of 18 years last month and we no longer are insured. At 3 months, I was already fusing well ahead of schedule, and had a weight limit of no more than a gallon of milk to lift. Grrrr!
Anyway, I'm here today, asking if any of you that have actually had the surgery have experienced post operation fatigue this far after surgery.
I get up, do things for like 2 or 3 hours, and then feel like I'm going under anesthetic. I never go to sleep, but I am that tired.
Is it because I haven't rested at ALL like I should? The week after my surgery, my oldest sister fell ill and went to the hospital, and ended up having to be intubated unexpectedly and she never came back to us. I was driving my mother to the hospital to see my sister daily (and staying 8-10 hours at at time) 2 weeks post-op. Mom is elderly.
Then, I cooked Thanksgiving all by myself in November (October 21st was my surgery date). I haven't had pain killers or any other medication for the back, including muscle relaxers, etc., since 3 weeks post op.
So, have I over done it, or is it something more? I can bend over and touch my toes, but I do notice that I have some weakness/changes on my right side of my leg...nothing at all close to what I had before...but I'm sure it's mobility related, but without insurance and no job for hubby, and me not able to work, can't afford PT either. I guess I'll have to start walking at the gym.
Anyway, sorry for all of this disassociated rambling...but the fatigue is very concerning to me. I don't want to do anything. That's not me.
17 years avoiding surgery, now it's unavoidable. Scared beyond belief.