Honestly did not know category to place this under but was hoping for some input.
13 1/2 weeks ago I had anterior fusion of L5 S1. Within 4 weeks I was cleared to limitless walking and bicycling. Last week, (13 week followup) I saw surgeon's PA and was cleared to do "anything" at all (weight lift, run, regular exercise) l except no heaving lifting from the side to bring to front. I am walking, swimming, bicycling daily now, although not as long or strenuous due to lack of energy that I once had as before surgery. But keep trying.
Here are my concerns, I still have lots of swelling in my feet. The initial sharp nerve pain in the back is gone, thankfully, but the straining in the lower back going to my thighs is still there, which I was told will resolve itself in time. Here is the thing that bothers me the most, the large diagonal roll I have above the incision. See, I had a large ab hysterectomy done some years ago, then after that, (because of the skin stretch from hugely grown female parts having been removed) had a tummy tuck with lypo done. After bringing up the distended tummy to the PA, she told me to lose weight and to try Nutra-system, or later on see a plastic surgeon. This hit me as being degrading to me. After surgery I am told to "take it easy" and recoup, which I did, resulting in an increase of 2 pounds, which I am sure is now gone. Also I was TOTALLY flat prior to surgery. Now I cannot wear a straight dress. I tried spanx and/or girdles. I still shows rolls there looking unsightly.
I looked up hernias and everyone states they are very painful. What I am wondering is could I have one above the length of my incision and not feel it? Reason I wonder is after the hysterectomy, and tummy tuck, I am very numb in a majority of the area below my belly button, all the way to my pubic area. I'm not sure how deep the pain from a hernia would be.
I have not yet had my tummy checked by another doctor. When I verbally bring it up to a medical person they try to make me feel guilty about this "vanity" and be grateful not to have the back pain like I had before. Well, yeah, I was and am vain enough to have gone through that tuck and lypo. Now though, hubby and I are on a limited monthly income and cannot afford to dish out "out of pocket" expense of a plastic surgeon. I may not have the money, but I still have my vanity and want my body back. ********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
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