My wife (age 51) had L4 - L5 fusion Tuesday morning. Tuesday evening was able to get out of bed and go for a short walk without a problem. Wednesday was taken by PT/OT out for a longer walk and up/down stairs. Little to no pain other than muscle fatigue and out of breath; she could have run if had a chance. Unbelievable compared to the last 10 months of scrutinizing pain, trying this and that before submitting to the inevitable titanium supports....
Thursday stubbornness was victorious over reason and she convinced hospital staff to discharge her in the afternoon. Since that evening and through this minute, my wife has been in horrible pain on her left buttocks and down the leg. She is using a walker to provide all of her support to the extent she would probably fall if she had to put all her weight on both feet. She is moving so, so slow and calculating every movement in and out of bed. This is a completely different person pre and post op at the hospital. Right now, someone needs to be near her at all times when getting in/out of bed and walking with a walker.
A call to the neuro nurse practitioner yielded nothing more than, "give it time...he had to clean around the nerve, so it may have been irritated..."
So, is this extreme drastic change from day to day post op "normal and to be expected?" How much "time to give?" Should there have been more PT/OT recommended and/or other home support.
Thanks for any insight you may be able to provide.