So... I'm not quite sure which I should use or not use, and for how long.
I have been using a heating pad because my muscles have been really tense and it helps a LOT.
BUT, I know I do wayyy too much & I'm trying so hard to stop myself, but I am pretty sure my doing too much too soon has created inflammation around my fusion area, because I've started to feel slight twinges of Sciatica again. I know heat doesn't help with swelling, so today I put a frozen bag of peas wrapped in a towel (what I used to use way before surgery, while I was going to physical therapy. Haha) It's still there now, been about 30 minutes.
So my question is really is that logical? That the twinges of Sciatica are from inflammation, which are from doing too much BLT when I'm not supposed to do ANY? And also, how long should I leave the ice, I mean... peas, on for? And how often?
Please don't lecture me about doing too much and not following my doctor's orders and taking this seriously. I do take this seriously.... But I also am a single parent and don't have anyone to help when my boyfriend is working all day/weekend. I minimize what I do, but things HAVE to be done. We've been working on systems in which I won't have to do much at all, and he can take over, but it's a transitional process, and we're working on it. So I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't go in that direction, because despite my age, I'm not dumb, nor do I think I know better than my surgeon does. You have to do what you have to do. Just need suggestions on the above asked... That's it. I appreciate it a lot!
Thanks a ton