After my staples were removed 2 weeks ago, my incision felt good, no swelling etc. The past week or so I've had increased low back and incisional pain ( feels like more of a deep pain down my spine rather than surface pain). Yesterday afternoon I noticed quite a bit of firm swelling next to the left, top part of my incision. It was probably 3"-4" long and about 1"-2" in height. I had mild swelling the day before but it went away after walking around for a bit. Same thing yesterday, I walked around for a while and the swelling reduced but didn't completely go away. Last night the swelling flared up again, mostly at the top of my incision and some on the left side (all the work was done on my left side). After being on my feet for a bit, it again started to reduce (I've iced it as well). I still can't be on my back, which I could a week ago and it's hard to be on my feet for too long because my low back feels like it wants to "give out" on me. I called my Surgeon yesterday and he wants to see me today because he's concerned about the new swelling. And since the swelling worsens at times, I made sure to take a pic when it was flared up so he knows how bad it can get. So far there's only mild swelling this morning. I hope all goes well and it's nothing major.
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