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I'm scared! Having 2nd thoughts...



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,584
    now its up to you to continue.
    Post surgery it is so important to adhere to all the limitations and restrictions and orders that are given you.
    That includes any Physical Therapy that is required. But it also means that you need to be aware of your situation.
    It is so easy, after you start to feel better and in no pain to go back to the things you used to. For some that might work, but its just like gambling. You will win some times, but the odds are that you will lose.
    So, in order to beat those odds, do the right things and avoid putting yourself into a situation where you could lose
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Chances are you did not reherniate your disc by tripping, but you probably jarred things a bit. Remember to walk and rest, walk and rest. You may feel kind of "awkward" for a while. Just pay attention when you are walking.

    At the beginning don't try to sit up for more than about ten or fifteen minutes at a time. It puts pressure on the discs. You are better off lying down so that the discs are unloaded. Then when you are up, stretch out those nerves by walking. Walking often for a short time is more beneficial than taking one long walk each day.

    Avoid activities that involve bending or twisting. And also avoid reaching up over your head. You may feel great and will want to do all those things that you've had to avoid due to pain -- but put them on hold until you are further along in your healing. You want to give yourself the very best chance for a complete recovery.

    Hope you are feeling a little bit better by now.
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  • I am very touched by the support and kindness found on this board. Only the people who have had chronic pain can empathize. The HR person at my job was a witch. Not even a "good luck" or "Take care" about my surgery. She just wanted the facts.

    Today was a good day. I still do have faint tingly feeling along the right leg and foot. My left buttock is a little sore today. Perhaps it has been compensating for my right side too much. I am trying to stay positive; however, every little twinge makes me worried.

    My husband took me for a walk around the block and had my first shower. Overall, I feel pretty good. As I said before on another thread, I prayed to God to take away the pain and I think He has. I don't ask God for a lot, but the pain made me into a groveling, begging fool. I don't wish anyone this kind of pain.

    One thing that happened in the recovery room: I told the nurse that morphine does not do anything for my pain, but she kept giving it to me because my surgeon was not available. After three doses and me all drugged out but still in pain, the nurse asked me if I wanted Lortab. I said YES!!! I know that Lortab is not strong as morphine, but it works better for me.
  • My nurse at the surgical center just called to check on me. That means a lot to someone who is scared of any aches and pain after the surgery. From the time I got into the preOp room and recovery room, the nurses, physical therapist, anesthesiologist, and other medical staff members gave me excellent care. They never got frustrated with me. Furthermore, my surgeon's nurse practioner told me to her called with any questions. If anyone needs a referral to a doctor in North Texas, you can PM me. The surgeon was referred to me by one of the parents in my class, who happens to be my PM doctor. It's a little strange, but it worked out that way before I knew she was in the same practice as my original PM doc.

    Nurse said that I am doing as well as I can. Talk to my mom and found out that she had the same surgery, but her recovery was more painful. I guess the age difference and individual's tolerance to pain can make a big difference in one's recovery.

  • I am happy to hear that your surgery was a success. Please take it easy so you don't reinjure yourself. I will have my second microD this Monday. It will be because I did reherniate after my first one. Keep posting about your progress. I am sure that I am not the only one who enjoys reading about someone who recovers without problems. God Bless You.
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  • I have been slowly increasing the length of my daily walk (only been doing it once a day). The pain from the incision is less, but I did have a small setback yesterday. Perhaps it's from squatting to sit properly, sat up for too long (am allowed 30 -45 min.), or the nerve trying to settle. My left leg that did not bother me before the surgery acted up last night. It took me awhile to fall asleep. The pain felt like soreness in the buttocks and tingly/burning sensation behind the knee. Any insights?

    Woke up this morning with no pain. Thank goodness. I tried to not to panic last night; however, it only worked a little since I didn't fall asleep until 2:00 am.

    By the way, I have another thread about paying someone that I will not update any more, because I feel well enough to be alone. In addition, my friends have been awesome by bringing food and emotional support.

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