Hey Spiney friends,
It's been 2 1/2 weeks since my L5-S1 fusion with titanium rods, screws, cage, etc.
My incision is approximately 6 inches long and it looks good, no redness or swelling.There is still tape covering the incision though which the nurses told me would fall offon its own. The surgeon did a great job of lining up my tattoo again(He had to slice right through it during the surgery).
I think the first 10 days was the hardest. When someone asked me if there was anything I needed I jokingly told them a gun would be nice...lol.
Since I've been home I've been getting stronger everyday. I still have to use the walker at times. I do walk on my own but when I do I'm a little shakey and my hips get extremely sore.
Still need help showering and getting dressed but getting in and out of bed is easier.
I tried to cutdown on the pain meds but everytime I try I end up in pain again. I take flexeril every eight hours for muscle spasms but I wish it was every 4 hours as the spasms come back before the flexeril is due again. I have a doc. appointment on the 18th, Ill probably ask him if I can up the flexeril to every 4 hours.
Anyway, I'm feeling 200% better than I was just a few days ago.