I am a 22 yr old female with 4 bulging discs (2 of which are herniated) from an original injury in 2008. I held of surgery to complete my collegiate athletics career and wanted to see if 2 months without rowing would ease the nerve pain. Since it seemed to get even worse this summer, I went forward and had my surgery this past Monday 8-15. As I expected I struggled with anesthesia and strong pain killers the two days following surgery where I couldn't hold any food down and I passed out a couple times. Once I got over the anesthesia things have gotten a lot better; I've not had any of the shooting leg pain in either leg except for the occasional oops moment when I twist or bend before I think. I've completely stopped pain killers except for a muscle relaxant in the middle of the night so I can wake up with less stiffness. Even though I still have low back pain from the surgery I didn't want to deal with the vomiting and out of it feeling from the Vicodin or oxycodone. As an athlete my whole life I can't remember the last time I took four days off but I've been ramping up the walking to 5-6 30 minute excursions in the neighborhood a day and breaking a sweat again feels so good. Has anyone else experienced passing out from pain/pain killers? I'm nervous about it cause the first time I hit my cheek and have had a black eye this whole week... I don't want to fall cause I don't wanna reinsure anything in my back falling too.
ive always had super tight back, hip flexor, and hamstring muscles. But now when I walk around they get so so tight that it seems like it could more than just tight muscles. It's more painful than the incision and I'm wondering if this is normal muscle tightness or some nerve things? (I'm only used to sharp shooting nerve pains along the back and sides of both legs). Normally I would just roll them out on a foam roller but I can't seem to get comfortable with the induction and I definitely don't want to accidentally twist or bend in the wrong way - has anyone found any good stretches or exercises I could do to ease this pain??
one last thing... My gait seems super awkward after surgery (short and choppy strides) and I'm wondering what time frame I could expect it to return to a more natural walk? I think that might be related to my muscles getting so so so tight when I walk but it hurts my back when I try to walk more naturally.
sorry that was long !!
i appreciate any responses or experiences.