On May 23 I had a L4-S1 fusion with 8 1 inch insions in my back, 6 screws, rods. I am now up for an hour to an hour and a half walking around and doing light things (such as emptying dishwasher, walking slowly outside, etc) then down for about an hour 1/2 with ice pack. About a week ago I started to have increased tailbone pain. I have had problems with my tailbone before the surgery, so now I am not sure if this is just a normal part of the process or if my tailbone problems are back. Has anyone else had tailbone pain after this type of procedure in lower spine? It never goes away, even with pain meds (although I have cut down significantly on them, because my back pain is manageable with less now). I don't know if I am doing too much, or this is just part of the process. I have broken my 8 lb. rule 4 or 5 times when i have had to pick up my 25 lb. son. Did I screw everything up?
I also (ok so this is embarrassing) have had numbness since the surgery any time I need to "sit" on the toilet for 5 minutes or more. It lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. My feet actually start to turn white while sitting even if it is only for 5 minutes. Is this normal?
At 5 weeks post op how much could you do? were you up and around most of the day, for a few hours, an hour and then needed to lay down? Just trying to see where I am at.
Thanks in advance for reading and any sharing you do!