Hi all, I'm new here. I had an L4 laminectomy, L4-L5 fusion, facet cyst removal, and hardware surgery on 7/11/14. Recovery went well. No complications, minimal pain, returned to my normal life, I've been riding my horse regularly (2-3 times per week), have done some barn work, been able to do some Pilates type stretching trying to get my left leg strength back, everything's been fine.
This past Friday I decided to look at my incision in the mirror since I hadn't seen it in at least several months. The whole area around my incision is bruised!!!!! It forms a nice square around the incision, with four distinct darker spots. It also works its way up either side of my spine to about half way, so the whole thing looks like a very pointy triangle. I immediately sent a message to my doctor but it was close to 5pm so I'm sure he didn't get it in time to respond. (Since I haven't checked my incision in a long time, I honestly don't know how long the bruise has been there.)
Here is what I have been doing differently lately:
I recently took a job that allows me to work from home. It is computer work, so I am sitting all day. I also attend school online so once I finish working, I switch to school work so I'm at the computer many nights too. I do not have proper furniture; my original setup was intended for recreational computer use. I've been meaning to buy proper furniture but never seem to find the time/money.
I have a sleep number bed. I've noticed all along that if I sleep too long on my back, the area where the bone was harvested gets very stiff, so I lowered the settings to softer. That stopped the stiffness.
My horse misbehaved a little bit while riding last Sunday. Nothing major, I didn't get jolted side to side, it was more of an up and down movement and only lasted about 10 seconds. No soreness or pain the next day. (I should also mention that I have not experienced any pain after any of my rides, even when he misbehaved). Now - two weeks earlier he did spook sideways and I was jolted sideways a bit, but again, no pain.
Overall, other than riding my horse lately I have been doing nothing but sitting at the computer or laying down. I've noticed some achy-stiffness type of pain, but it's been consistent and low grade, sort of how it feels if you've been laying around for too long, if that makes sense.
Until I hear back from my surgeon, I'm not riding, I adjusted the setting on my bed back to firmer (noticed a reduction in achiness right away), and have been limiting my time at the computer. Also trying to take more walks to keep moving.
Has anyone else experienced bruising this long after surgery? If so, did you find out what the cause was?
Old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway