Hi I am new to the forum and like most everybody I was looking for answers. I just had emergency Laminectomy, Lamenotomy, Discectomy 9 days ago. I wanted to post on the surgery recovery forum but it was locked. I was interested in people's recovery and posts people are stuffering from the same problem . A few weeks out they are experiencing pain or numbness. I had a major set back my sixth day of recovery after what I thought was the day of major break through.
I felt really good , strong and ready to tackle some light chores like sweeping up dome dead weeds and watering the outside plants. My surgery was unplanned and my wife just had her second total knee replacement. So even though I just had surgery I am still doing most the meal preparing and stuff.
So after this wonderful day of accomplishments I really crashed that night after dinner and had night sweats fever like dreams and all around tough night. Still no pain save the incision site and muscle repair pain. The next day though not feeling great I kept my plant to help my wife with the church band. Four songs in and I had to lay down till the closing song.
On the way home the balls of both feet were numb and still are 8 hrs later. I only cut down on pain med's because I am not ready for withdrawls, I've been on them for over two years and know it will be difficult.
Ok with that out of the way. My thought is exactly what some other thoughts were but I'm curious to how many people actually had doctors tell us how crucial it is to not do anything physical when we are felling good enough to do so. I personally need other to tell me stop and don't do these things before I do them. All my discharge papers ask is no heavy lifting, avoid activities that make you short of breath. No swimming , no sitting in the tub or jacuzzi. No driving on narcotics. No bending lifting or twisting. And then on other paper it says keep up strength and range of motion.
How do you keep up strength and range of motion if you can't do any of these things I asked the hospital. She said just use good judgment. So I'm here to tell you better safe than sorry so you can't be blamed if it doesn't work out. We apparently don't know what good judgment is in this state. You know desperate to enjoy life after years of serious pain.
Chuck****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
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