I'm nearly 7 weeks post 2-level fusion and was doing SO well. I went on holiday a couple of weeks ago and walked my socks off. No problems, although I think I may have overdone the sitting!
Anyway, last Wednesday I decided to drive for the first time because I was feeling pretty pleased with myself. It wasn't too bad, but when I arrived home, I had to look behind me to reverse into our driveway - I then realised why we are told not to twist. I felt a different type of pain - not the usual 'recovering' feeling. I'm also aware that I need to be 100 per cent fit to drive, otherwise my insurance may be void (even though the surgeon said I could drive after 6 weeks).
Since then, my back has ached/is painful alot more and it's there all the time when I sit now. Also, I've noticed my calf is very tender to touch (right side) and hurts if I walk too much. I find bending my leg alleviates it a little and I often get 'restless' legs, very strange. This morning, I had pain in my right foot, which I didn't have before, but that went after walking for a few minutes.
I'm now back to lying in bed more often (but my back still aches whereas before it would ease when I laid down) and I'm upping the paracetamols for a few days to try and help it to settle. I'm still not sleeping very well, but am concerned because it's now my back that wakes me up (this is what I had before the op).
I'm disappointed because I NEED to get back to work soon (as I'm now on half pay) and at my Occupational Health appointment last week the nurse said I couldn't go back until I'd seen and been passed fit by the Physician. My appointment with him is not until 21 September - for goodness sake - I'll have to live on bread and water till then, ha!
I'm really hoping things will settle down soon. If I still have this discomfort when I see my surgeon on 14 September, I'll discuss it with him (and the horrible hot flushes I've had since the operation which I mentioned in Straker's post in a different section).
If I've done something to compromise my surgery, I'll kick myself because I've been 90 per cent protective so far!! It's been getting me down the last week.
Has anyone had this? Is it a normal part of recovery do you think? Could I have done something silly? Can anyone offer me reassurance/advice?
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!