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How much LONGER..

yasenit71yyasenit71 Posts: 1
edited 12/01/2015 - 3:55 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi... Its been close to 3 months that I had my HERNIATED DISC SURGER. 3 of my disc were fixt..2 sets of volts were put on me..I was with pain since 2012 and finally on 9/11/15 had my surgery and i been reading here alot of experiences and i do relate to each one in different ways..the one thing that I was not ready for was the depression part..still painfull but not to much..I can"t walk fully jet because from my knee down i have some sweeling and some pain on my. Knee..still takeing some medication but not as much from the beginning..I do walk and i notice that it helps alot..but since my doctor change my medication I sleep to much, but think I need it.because i was not sleeping at all my nerves were acting up .
My concern is that swelling o am feeling..would it go away? . my surgeon said that it would.but it almost 3 moths.and really i dont lnow what to spect i. 3 moths..i am doing good..i walk good but I dont over due it. Oam haveing physicall theraphy and all that...is helping..but maybe o am getting to overwhelmed..because still I can not do many things jet.I feel so stiff . my hips feels to heavy and i get tired easy..but my ciatic pain thank GOD IS GONE completely....and for me that is a major PLUS..I suffer from that horrible pain for almost 4 YEARS..and now i am in the process of. RECOVERY and i thought is was going to be fast but i ws wrong..lost my job.my Desability was denied. My ginancial situation is bad.but I keep going because before I had my surgery I was told by my surgeon that why I took so long to decide to have the surgery that I was about to end up in a WHEEL CHAIR FOR LIFE because the damage og my nerves wete so severy..and maybe i am going through alot but i am WALKING & I HAVE LIFE..
I am a mother of 4 ..raise them by my self and. I am bless to have them because the 4 of them are my nurses at home....
If someone read my story let me know what to spect in 3 moths..PLEASE

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  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 484
    I hear you....seems like it takes forever, but it does get better. I didn't have any swelling, but your nerves were more irritated than mine I'm sure.

    I had L4-5 laminectomy, fusion last March, and I'm still not able to work, but my surgeon said my X-rays look good, some people just take longer to heal.

    I had the post op depression thing too, but my blood calcium level was elevated also, and I think that attributed to my feeling so bad. It's back down to where it should be, at least at a 10. Things just leveled off on their own. It wouldn't hurt to let your Dr know your concerns of your depression, he/she may want to run some blood work just in case.

    It's nice you have your daughters to help you.....I had my Mom, so thankful!

    Take it one day at a time....you had a major surgery, it takes time for your body to adjust and heal....be super kind to yourself.....be gentle with your back....and it's okay to cry.....helps flush out the stress.
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 724
    From your story it sounds like you had lumbar fusion surgery (not sure?) but I can also read in your story that you are doing all the right things and making GOOD progress in your recovery. At 3 months post op a lot of us still have various pains and issues (like swelling) and in most cases it's normal... every person and every case is different. Trust me... you are not alone!!! On my second fusion surgery it took a full 4 months for the sciatic nerve pain to go away... it was horrible and very depressing... but in the end it was ok. You clearly have a wonderful and loving family... and it sounds like your surgeon has done a great job on helping you get your life back... be patient you will get there.
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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