Hi! I posted a couple of weeks ago. I was in so much pain it was ridiculous. At that point, I didn't feel as if I was improving but rather, it felt worse than before surgery.
tomorrow is 5 weeks post ACDF multiple levels. The doctor gave me valium last week, which really helps me sleep...maybe a little too much so I cut the dosage down tonight. I've spent the last week or so in bed because I really was in a lot of pain before that. I would walk for a few minutes a few times a day and then back to bed. It seems to have worked for me. The only issue for me now is that there is a loss of muscle tone in my legs. I have begun walking on a treadmill that a friend so generously gave me. At the slowest level, I could only walk in small bits today. first 5 minutes, then 3 minutes, then 2 minutes. And boy was I tired. But I'm not hurting as much anymore. Vicoden 7.5/750 is too strong but Tylenol isn't enough yet. BUT I AM SOOOOOOOOO GLAD. I am feeling more myself today.
I was concerned because of how tired I have been since the surgery. The doctor said that I lost a lot of blood because it appears my nerves are surrounded by very large veins. Surgery was supposed to take 2 hours or so. It took 5 without my own bone graft!
Any ideas on how to build up my strength? My hips hurt when I lay down which I believe is because I haven't been using my legs very much.
My first x-ray and post op visit is on Dec. 17th. At that time, I'm sure hoping to hear that fusion has begun. I'm waring this spinalpak II 24/7.
Any advice anyone. I've put on weight during the last 5 weeks. no exercise...eating what is cooked for me, when I am a low carb eater. I'd lost 38 pounds since January, now I'm afraid I put at least 10 back on! all that work!!! haha...
Thanks everyone for posting all over this forum. it was a source of hope for me when the pain was more than I could bear!