I am speaking for myself, but I am sure this can apply to so many others.
You would think after years of surgery, flareups, therapy, medications, injections, etc you would learn NOT to over do things.
I am almost 3 months into my Achilles tendon reconstructive surgery. Two weeks ago, I finally was able to eliminate that 1,000 pound hard shoe brace. I am now in a soft tie up/Velcro up brace to keep my ankle together.
So, today was a beautiful day, I went outside into my garden to trim some shrubs and herbs. At one point I had to go into the shrub bed to do the pruning. It was uneven turf, so, my footing wasn't the greatest.
I come into the house, take off the brace, and my ankle is almost swollen double its size. Luckily some ice, elevating the foot will make the difference and I should be good tomorrow, just a bit sore
I should have know better....
Just as with every surgery , each doctor lays out all the restrictions and limitations. In the beginning, we follow them, probably because we are so scared and worried about the situation. But as soon as we start to feel good, look out!
Thats when we can become dangerous..... I know, I have been that way.
When do we really learn that when you over do , you are going to pay.... Maybe not the first time.
Just like if you drove your Porsche, redlining the tach way beyond safe zones. Once or twice, probably no harm done to the engine, but if you keep that up, soon, you will be looking at rebuilding that engine.
Not much different from our own bodies!
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences