Most of you know my saga (or can read about most of it in my signature below). It's been about 5 weeks since I was released from the hospital. I've been getting up and walking with cane, doing light PT, and things have been going okay. I often feel, when I wake up in the morning, like my hands and feet are a bit puffy, but that seems to dissipate quickly. Today, however, I got up, had my coffee, farted around the house a bit, before getting into the shower. As I stepped into the shower, I noticed that my left foot is fairly swollen down by the toes, and then I noticed that the ankle is swollen. After getting out of the shower, I looked in the full-length mirror and can tell that my left leg is, in fact, more swollen than my right. You know when you're not getting much exercise, your muscles get kind of flabby? I sometimes lie on my back doing my stretches and slap the flabby calf muscles on my legs. Well, the right one is flabby -- the left is now fairly firm because it is swollen. Is this cause for concern? Should I call the doc, or is this just another result of lying around not doing much? I do try to walk a bit each day to keep up balance, prevent blood clots, and maintain a bit of muscle tone until I can really exercise, but this kind of freaks me out. Has this happened to anyone else?
3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.