Geez...I'm feeling like such a whiney baby. Last week, I bent over slightly to grab some shoes in my closet and felt a sharp knifeing pain in my right hip stemming from my low back. So I figured I'd pinched a nerve. It stayed sore for a couple of days but has gradually died down. This weekend, we were clearing out some brush from our bonfire place on a tiny creek on our property and I tried to help grabbing up branches and dragging them to a pile. Nothing heavy, but I was squatting as I bent and I did this alot Saturday. Sunday I was sore in my hips and thighs. Today, I'm at work and even more sore. I feel like I've done 3 hours of aerobics. My back has been stiff and hurting too, more than usual.
I have cages and BMP, so my NS said after 6 weeks, I could bend some and do what I wanted, just nothing really heavy lifting. I went back to work at 8 weeks postop and by Thurs/Friday of the week, I'm hurting pretty bad. Total, I've only had 3 days of no pain at all, all the others have had some pain.
I'm beginning to think now that I've done too much or I'm not a successful fusion since I still have pain. I'm still taking a muscle relaxer and Lorcet Plus, which is 7.5mg hydrocode and 600mg of acetaminaphine I think. It cuts the pain almost, but not entirely.
I go back to the NS in 3 weeks but I've considered calling to see him sooner. I just can't figure out if my pain is post op still (fusion happening, bone softening, etc) or from my activities. We live on 33 acres with 5 horses, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 kids. I've been riding the golf cart, trying to do some things outside, wash the car, etc?
How much activity is proper at 12 weeks postop? Could I have fibromyalgia if I'm staying so sore in my muscles for a long time? Am I just healing still? Could the pain be from my remaining L3/L4 bulge that my NS didn't touch. This surgery has been the hardest thing I've ever done and I'm walking, doing my PT exercises at home, but I'm still not feeling "done" yet. I'm so tired of all the pain and soreness. Some days I hate coming to work.
Yall, please forgive me for dumping today. I just feel so out of whack and trying to be "normal" again and it's not working out.