I've put off surgery on my back for ruptured disc and it has started to come good in terms of pain after around 7-8 weeks now of mostly bed rest. I'd say it's at 70-80% or so and I'm now surviving without any heavy pain meds. I got told by a GP to begin walking again now and 2 days ago (Saturday my time)I did some significant walking, maybe 30mins total and stayed on my feet also a lot (few hours) as I was out with some friends. I handled the walking well but now I've got a big issue, the muscles in my legs, particularly on the side I have the sciatic issue on are absolutely killing me. It feels like I've run a marathon and now I'm walking worse then when my back was extremely bad. I'm struggling to walk one end of the house to the other and 3 out of the 5 times I've tried to walk today I've fallen. My calf muscle is spasming fairly badly, is really solid, tender and I can't really put any weight at all on it.
I've also been having what I think are circulation issues in both legs. Mainly a severe internal itching feeling after standing through lower legs and feet and also red markings at times on my legs. Also really dry soles of my feet.
I know that this is all probably a result of the weakness I now have in the legs through not using them, also issues related to having feet elevated on bed too much.
I'm guessing that this can be expected and that others here would of experienced this also. I just wanted to ask for any advice on what I should maybe be trying to do. I'm back to pretty much being stuck in bed again from the pain of walking and I'm thinking this is just going to continue to make it worse? ..but I'm not sure what I can do. Should I be trying to break through the pain and keep trying to walk or am I best resting them a couple more days first before trying again? (and take it a bit easier next time). Also any suggestions on things that might help me get through this would be hugely appreciated. I've been taking valium today to try and relax the muscles a bit but it's doing very little. Also if it is just a matter of battling on and walking my way out of it, anyone have experience on how long it may take to get back on track? (I was walking fairly problem free on Saturday).
Thanks heaps for reading and thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions.