Well, I am 9 weeks post-op fusion with instrumentation L5-S1. Progressing Slowly but do see improvements. Started driving a couple of days ago. Walking gait is getting more normal with less pain. The left leg Sciatica pain is 90% gone. Toes tingle but I can live with it.
My problem STILL is the mornings getting off the bed. Last night I slept with a heating pad and 1/2 way through the night turned it on and did a few stretches. The usual stuff. Semi knee to the chest, leg lifts, pelvic tilts and a attempt at bridges. It felt good. It felt that sleeping with an option of heat to loosen things up could work.
I awoke later and repeated the process before trying to get out of bed. I have to say from this point on, it went down hill very rapidly. Trying to stand was like a few days post-op. Thank God I still keep the walker next to the bed. Even with that is was hard standing. Barely walked to the toilet. Grabbing at every wall and counter to hold me up. I have removed the Toilet riser and it is a long way down to sit. I am a big guy (250+ and almost 6'2").
That was very painful and the cleaning part was almost a comedy.
I then reached for the Percocet which I haven't had in weeks. I have been taking a vicoden or Darvocet almost everyday. No more Lyrica for about 6 weeks. It was suspect in some severe leg swelling (turned out to be the Caduet).
What am I doing wrong or not doing? Walking for an hour in the pool everyday and thats great. I made it up the ladder (usually walk in from the shallow steps) which maybe wasn't the smartest move but still even without doing that, I have cronic acute morning stiffness.
Any comments would be appreciated for sure.
Do I ask the P.A. for a muscle relaxer?. I think they will say, it takes time. time is not my friend after not working since October of last year. You can get the picture. My goal is to return to work in September.
The only thing I can think of is that maybe I should cut out the knee to the chest exercise while lying flat on my back. I am still under no BLT until I see the surgeon again August 1st. Even though I have the problem without doing it.
i am going on an airplane in a month and that has me worried. Not so much the travel but visiting a friend and her facilities are less post-op friendly as of now.
Thanks All!! for the vent.