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5 weeks post-op and still TIRED!

happyHBmomhhappyHBmom Posts: 2,070
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I don't know why- 4 weeks post op I could convince myself that it was OK to still be tired, but now this is getting ridiculous.

I am still SO TIRED! I'm having trouble waking up in the morning, and if I go a day without napping I am a mess the next day.

It's making activity difficult, because fatigue just gets the best of me even if the soreness doesn't (although I am still very sore).

How are all the other december people doing? I am only taking extra short-acting drugs now, and have added Soma, but it was bad before that too.

I wonder if my sleep is disturbed? Or is it just still healing?


  • I am still tired easily also. We have gone through a major surgery and are still doing alot of healing as well as trying to grown bone for fusion. That is the big part. The other is it is winter. That along with the healing makes it hard to be energetic. How can you feel great when right now in Iowa it is -4. You should be having your six week check up, shouldnt you? Make your list of questions for your Dr as you wont remember half of them when you get there. Hope thus helps. Good Luck
  • I have been tired also but have given up taking the naps for the most part. I still have minor soreness and take pain meds at night mostly. My wife thinks I should be able to do all kinds of things now but I seriously don't have the energy yet. I hope when warmer weather gets hear it will change. I hate the thought of missing spring bass fishing.
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  • Hi happyHBmom...I will be 4 weeks post op this upcoming Tuesday and the fatigue for has not gone away. though i am tired i still dont sleep at least not comfortably...I wake up at least 5 to 6 times a night, granted a few of them is b/c i need to use the restroom..it is all that water that i drink before bed...bad habit..lol anyway i as well take a nap during the day. I lay down about an hour before my children get home from school so i know for sure i will get up... Now mind you i have 2 teenagers and a 10 and 9yr old as well, so not much needed supervision really.. but i will help them with what they need, find out about their day and then lay back on the couch, b/c i can no longer stay in bed all day anymore, and then i am out for another 3 hours or so...I have an auto-immune disease which affects my leg and this inhabits me from walking long distances or even get off the walker b/c i have no balance. But i am making it up the drive way these days with my walker of course to at least get the mail now. and i live in northern california where at this time of the year it is in the 30's and 40's(not near as cold as Iowa though) but lately we have had an abnormal heat wave where it has been in the early 70's and i can not even enjoy that weather.. and that stinks!! and i am sure you all know what i am talking about..and as for the pain factor i am still in so much pain... between my back and both legs i seem to never have a "good" day.. I am also still on my massive pain killers and some valium as well b/c there is no way i could even think about going off of those yet.. I have a doc appt coming on the 25th and we'll see what he has to say.. they are sending me in on Monday for an x-ray on my back to make sure the hardware is still in place good and that nothing has shifted. and they are also doing an x-ray on the upper part of my middle back b/c i have a disc out there as well and just started hurting about 3 weeks before surgery.. so needless to say sometimes we just never catch a break...Did you maybe try to do some everyday activities that you used to do before surgery maybe to soon? Being that maybe you thought you were feeling better?I try to do things to help my family with the loads around my house but they dont let me and sometimes i just feel useless and feel like i have no quality of life at the moment...well i hope things get better for the both of you soon.. and i am glad to read other people's stories to see that other people are going through the same thing that i am.. we are not all alone out there... please keep me posted on how things are going and how the healing is going...try to smile through the pain, I am and every now and then it works....lol :)
  • So glad to hear I'm not the only one! I'm back to driving the kids to and from school again, so I have to get up in the morning- but sometimes it's really hard :(

    I haven't taken over full care of the horse yet, no idea when I'm going to be up to that :/
  • I agree with Robin (mine was also Dec 13th!), at least I'm trying to make myself believe the remaining pain is from the procedure and healing until I go to the NS on the 27th for the xray and first detailed follow up. Also want to ask about pain meds. Weaned down to one percoset a day generally but just acetomenophen isn't cutting it. Hoping there's something "in between". :)

    My son was asking me how I was feeling this morning and my comment was that it can vary day to day and sometimes even hour to hour. Still have a lot of pressure/moderate pain along the surgery area and lower back pain but the legs are finally feeling pretty good. Don't know everyone else's experiences but at least for me, the pain can be in different places, sometimes the right side, the left, sometimes both. Sitting and standing still are the

    Regarding tiredness, yes I definitely still am but I also think, at least in my case, that it's partially a boredom/restlessness issue. Tired of the monotony, the winter, etc,etc,etc. I'll go to bed at 8:00 just to get away from the recliner and TV! Tired legs is definitely still an issue.

    One of the greatest things about this forum is the comfort of being able to "talk" to people in similar situations. I don't think anyone who is not or has not been in the condition we all are can truely relate as hard as they try.

    Thanks to all!
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  • And I get tired very quickly still. I try to get all of my "must do's" out of the way in the morning because by late afternoon I am shot and usually needing at least a muscle relaxant if not a pain pill. I am on Vicodin 7.5's for then and at night and would like to be off of them by now, but neither the Tramadol or Tylenol 3 is quite enough yet.

    I am still not sleeping great which I am sure is another part of the reason why I feel more tired. On the bright side it is freezing cold here so I am getting plenty of rest tucked into a nice warm blanket!
  • We all have to remember that we had major surgery. My was ACDF 2 level on 12/9. I went back for a 6 week check on Wed. No bone growth yet, not as much ROM as Dr would have liked. I get sore (my spinal column between my shoulders)and knots along with burning in my shoulders. Not what I expected at this time. I have long hair and get very tired after washing an conditioning my hair. I don't even have the energy to blow dry my hair. At least the house is warm even though it is in the 20's outside. I am wearing a bone stimulator 4 hours a day. How about you? We need to keep our chin up (LOL) and have a positive outlook.
  • And I am anxious to see what the Neurosurgeon has to say next week when I see him. I have been in PT since 2 weeks after the surgery - the therapist has made great strides in ridding me of my muscle spasms and I do stretches at home along with some real light core exercises.
  • My orthopedic surgeon does not prescribe PT until after 3 months. I tried to get him to allow, no luck. We did practice a few stretching exercises which I try and do a few times a day. Just write down all of your question between now and then. I could not rely on remembering a question. I keep a notebook of concerns and questions from the day after surgery so I had all of my thoughts written down. It is a joke between the dr and myself - how many questions do I have. All kidding aside, they answer all my questions and spend as much time with me as I need. They really and truly hear everything I have to say.
  • I was tired for a while after my 1999 sinus surgery, which from what I've heard is a walk in the park compared to lumbar fusion. I hope you >:D< feel better soon. Love, Essmoe >:D<
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