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15 days post op NO energy

VickiVVicki Posts: 57
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am recovering from a lumbar fusion/synovial cyst on Nov 20th. I am doing pretty well except for the fact that I have no stamina, am constantly drained, and going nowhere fast. Any suggestions? I am taking B12 injections, vitamins,iron and still sleeping and dragging my butt around. I havent been outside either.I know walking is important but i must have the energy to do that....HELP!!!


  • Don't feel bad. Your body just went thru something major. Sleeping is your body's way of making you relax so you can heal. Just roll with it ;). You are still fairly new out of surgery. I was still sleeping alot 4 weeks out (partly thanx to the percs). I'm 3 months out and there are still days where all I want to do is sleep and lounge (and I usually do LOL). Give yourself more time to heal...I'm sure you will be just fine.
  • I agree with Brucie, you have been through major surgery and it is your bodies way of saying 'give me a chance to catch up".
    Yes walking is important but it doesn't have to be 5 miles a day. Start slowly which could be just around the garden a few time several times a day and build up from there.
    Are you taking Vit c with your Iron tablet?

    It does get easier :D MAybe any pain killers are making you lethargic. Are you taking anything?

    Blessings Sara O:)
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  • I was going to ask the same thing, are you still taking pain meds. I've heard the anisthetia takws time to wear off too. I don't know if that's just a myth or if it stays in your body for some time. You should check with your doctor about the loss of energy and see if he offer any suggestions. If you've been cleared to do some like walking it may help you to force yourself to do some to get those endorphines pumping. It's easier said than done as I know I should be pushing myself to walk but can't push myself past the pain and tiredness.

    I hope you feel better soon.
  • . . . is overwhelming and makes you feel depressed. I'm 3 weeks post-surgery and still am dealing with intermittent bouts of fatigue. One day this week, I never got out of bed. It's lessening. Two good days, one bad day.

    Hang in there! Change will come!
  • I know that mentally you want to be up doing things, but you have to remember that what you had done was MAJOR surgery. Your body has to have time to recover! Recovery from this will take a while! Be good to yourself and have patience...it will get better in the next couple of months. >:D< >:D<
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  • Your sleep/rest/work cycle will be off for several months. It's a combination of your body healing and medications your taking. It took me almost 4 months to get back to a normal sleep pattern. Your strength will come back with time. Just try doing a little more each day, but don't over do it.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • I'm 7 weeks out from my surgery and I too still have days that I don't want to get out of my recliner. It's amazing the different things we go through after surgery - energetic days, no-energy days, frustrating days (when you just want to be back to normal), depressed days, etc. etc. We all go through it, so don't worry. It really does take time to heal. Take care of yourself and rest.
  • I actually felt like an agrophobic- who never leaves the house due to anxiety and fear. My husband took me for a drive- a 15 min. one- and i was so uncomfortable to be out amongst the living. I guess this is all normal but it certainly did not feel that way. I want to regain my strength but I guess ill have to put in the blotto time of doing not much. thanks for your words. I appreciate them.
  • It takes time to recover from such a major surgery. I am 5 months post op and have my good days and bad, unfortunately mostly bad. I'm still in a lot of pain and on pain meds so I know that contributes to my tiredness. There are days that I sleep most of the day. I hate knowing I have to get up and go somewhere first thing in the morning because I am so tired, sore and take longer to get ready. I try to schedule all my appts between 10-11am. My husband gets up and gets the kids going for school in the morning. He will only do so if I set out his clothes the night before, make the coffee and set the timer and load dishwasher and set to wash at night so his coffee mug will be clean in the morning. Sometimes it's just easier for me to get up with the little guy (6 yrs old) and get him ready and then go back to bed once the bus leaves. My 12 year old daughter is really good at getting up and getting herself ready. She gets up at 5:00 am so she can have the house to herself and have peace and quiet. She will help me get her brother ready if I ask too.

    Hopefully, you have a supportive and understanding family.
  • Vicki,

    Well, I had an almost perfect surgery (three-level fusion) with an easy recovery, and guess what? After 7 months post-op my stamina is still not back to its previous level. It gets better every months, but then I think I am back to normal, and try to do more, next minute I have to sit down because I am so tired. Of course, each month I get older too. But what it boils down to is that a surgery saps you of a lot of energy, and it takes a long time to completely recover.

    Try to do your walking earlier in the day when you don't feel so tired, and take several small walks instead of a long one. Above all, be patient, it will take time to go back where you were before, except that, hopefully, you will not experience the same problems you had before surgery.

    Good luck and keep up your spirit!

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