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Slow Post Surgery Recovery after discectomy
ive been following a lot of these posts and wanted to share my experience as it differs a lot from others and wanted to check if anyone else had the same. About 3 hours out of recovery I felt great, no leg pain was able to walk around things seemed really positive. Next day I tried to stand up I immediately feel flat on the bed, the pain was severe.. I decided to push through and was able to make it to the bathroom.. I was discharged later that morning and was told having the same problems if not worse 3 days after surgery was common, these 3 days were horrific I was not able to stand to go to the bathroom the pain was so bad.. That Monday (now day 5) they put me on Dexmethsone (which gave me migraines) for three days to help with the inflammation on day 3 I was finally able to walk a little bit (success!) 24 hours after the drug had left my system (now day 7) I was back to not being able to walk again.. They would not give me more dexmethsone as it slows down the healing process and is very strong and advised me to go back to my medication prior to surgery which is Mobic, lyrica, endone and Panadol. I am now on day Day 12 and i take it by the hour, walking is possible but I get very exhausted and find using crutches is a great relief so I don't get "stuck" anywhere in pain. Prior to surgery I was bed ridden for nearly 2-3 months so understand i get exhausted and my body being in shock with basically learning to walk again after having my weight shifted from my legs for so long (it was the left leg that had problems, right was always fine. Yesterday I went out for the first time in 3 months for lunch.. Although I wasn't walking a lot I was sitting for a long period, I woke up early this morning with siactica pain in my right leg (this is a first) after taking an endone it is a lot more comfortable. Has anyone experienced the same? Should I be resting or trying to walk more..? I'm a 33 year old female, as mentioned due to the pain I was in bad shape being stuck with this problem for 2-3 months, so I'm hoping that's why recovery is taking so long?