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5mos. out and setback!! frustration

raygirlrraygirl Posts: 22
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

Well, I am five mos. out and doing well most of the time.
I had a really busy weekend which included some "amorous time" for lack of a better description last weekend(7 days ago) and my back has felt bad all week. Lots of swelling and spasms. I guess I am wondering if others have this frustration. Usually when I have a bad day or so -I get a couple nites of good rest and I feel rejuvenated and continue
with walking and my exercises. This time it has lasted several days. I have been icing this weekend and being more careful. I am only taking skeletin but it is tempting to take
something else. Help - are others having this kinds of setbacks. ?? You guys on this site are so helpful.


  • So sorry that you are having a setback in your recovery. I think it is quite common to 'do something' :X >:D< ;) that sets you back in your healing.

    I hurt myself last weekend playing on a roundabout with my granddaughter! I have been rather sore all week, and have found that my back is much more sensitive to me trying to do things. I have needed to rest more.

    I think icing is a good idea. I do hope that you will get back on track in your recovery very soon. :-)

  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I understand the "do activity and pay for it later" phenomenon. I won't let hubby near me and he totally understands. There's no way with my neck/back pain that I could handle that and the next day aftermath :-) Hopefully that will subside.

    I am just about 5 months out and some days it's just really bad, I did quite a few medical appointments and lunches with friends this week and I paid for it. Then we go up north to our RV (2 hr car ride) and on Friday I nearly said "no, I'm staying home" and I should have. I was not doing well with pain Friday and the 2 hour car drive didn't help. Thank goodness I stay up here all week and hubby left today to go home to work. I could not get back in the car today unless there were some IV meds available :-) That being said I've had a whole host of spine problems and am now possibly facing another neck surgery so don't let my level of discomfort scare you, I think I was put on this earth to make orthopedic surgeons rich ;-)
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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  • Hey. Sorry to hear that you are suffering but, as others have said, you are not alone. I thought that once the good days started to run together into a good week/fortnight then the worse was over but I am sorry to say that isn't the case for me! I am 8 months and a bit out and have had the most awful month. I even had to call in sick last week. But my surgeon thinks it's nothing to worry about and is "just" muscles!
    I am not even too sure what I did except for the fact that I felt a bit bad for a while and kept going. Maybe if I had called in sick for just one day earlier on I might not have spent the last week housebound again!
    So, yes, the bad days/weeks still happen. Seems they weren't lying when they said it was a looong recovery.
  • Hi Raygirl! Set backs are way too common to me and I don't like it!

    I am sorry you are in so much pain! Consider keeping a pain log. I did as a pain management/justification for pain meds type of thing, but proved to be very beneficial when I saw my surgeon.

    He was able to use my documentation to justify an MRI and didn't hesitate to do so based on what I told him.

    I understand what you mean by pain the next day(s) after "bonding". The last time I hurt so bad it hurt to breathe, little alone move and now my DH is afraid to touch me :(

    Hang in there! Try not to get discouraged and vent to us, we are here for you!

    Wishing you the best, let us know how it is going!
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