The pain right after surgery was surprisingly non-existent. I can't take opioids, since I'm terribly allergic to them, but my pain in the hospital was next to nothing.
I've been miserable since I got home. The doc sent me home with Ibuprofen 800 and Tylenol 500, but I've stopped taking the Ibuprofen after reading that NSAIDS delay fusion. I'm worried about the fusion, since I've dealt with osteonecrosis and I have small, brittle bones.
I was denied for inpatient rehab and my hubby was counting on it, and he wasn't at all ready when I was forced to go home. The insurance also denied home health care, and we weren't able to get a hospital bed delivered until I'd been home for five days, not able to sleep on the pillow top bed.
My hubby went back to work half days three days after I came home, since the office needed him. He was back full-time by the time I was two weeks post-op.
I find the restrictions and the pain in my right hip and lower back to be much, much worse than the leg pain that I had pre-surgery. At least then I could travel, do laundry without hurting myself and lift pots, pans, casserole pans and pie pans in my kitchen. Cooking is my joy and happy place, but now it hurts to cook. I tried to cook a meal today, but I must have overdone it, and my left hip and lower back are hurting. I tried to go for a walk after dinner, but had to turn back two houses down. I had to see my rheumatologist yesterday for two pain injections in my knee, since my knee wouldn't allow me to walk. My bladder problems, which were under control before the surgery, are much, much worse after the catheter, and I can't seem to get them back under control. It's difficult to go for a walk when you have to run to the restroom every thirty minutes. I own a car, but I doubt that I can ever drive again.
I'm very, very miserable just lying here in a recliner alone every day, and even though I've never dealt with depression in my life, I'm depressed and I would rather be dead than living like this. The doctor told me that I would be feeling much stronger by six weeks, and now you say up to 52 weeks! I can't take this much longer. I am going to PT, but every time I make one step of progress, it seems that I make two steps back in the next two days.
I would give anything to go back to April 6 and choose to keep my leg pain!