Today I'm 4 weeks 4 days post op from my l5-s1 ALIF.
I've hit struggle town big time. Ive been doing my exercises as instructed and this week started hydrotherapy which i tjought would have me feeling much better, i was wrong. After my 1st session o Monday i slept for 12 hours. I went again yesterday and came home exhausted after only 20 minutes. I was a swimmer before all this so to only last 20 minutes of walking, not even swimming has got me feeling rather lousy and pathetic.
i knew it was going to take time, but i didn't anticipate the mental battle of no pain yet still not able to do things. Is anyone else having similar issues?
my husband doesn't seem to understand why i feel so bad and have cried each time I've come home from the pool, or why i now don't want to do anything at all.
July 2009 - L1, L3, L5 disc hernation
Jan 2011 - L5/S1 Microdiscectomy
Dec 2012 - return of neural symptoms
June 2014 - fusion recommended - awaiting insurance approval