Those that have read many of my threads know that I've stated that the surgeon has always had the easiest of jobs when it comes to spinal problems. They have all the training and skills, so they go in and do their work. Then they turn you over to the hospital, the nursing teams and physician assistance and therapists. Thats when the HARD time begins.
Its your recovery phase. After the initial surgical pain has worn off, this phase begins. I can not stress enough just how Very Important this phase is. What you do or not do during this time can have a major influence on the rest of your life.
Keep these three words always on your mind
Recovery from surgery will have many ups and downs. Depending on the type of surgery you had and your doctors orders, you may have physical and aqua therapy. Those initial therapy sessions can be very difficult. You are starting to use an area that was just surgically repaired and it takes work. You will also probably have exercises to do at home, do them. Since you will more than likely not be that active, it is important that you maintain a healthy diet. It will be easy to put on a few extra pounds, because of your inactivity, no problem in using the couch, just dont become a couch potato!. You need to be serious about this phase. Be committed the work you put in now, will pay off dividends in the future.
This is so very important. The recovery phase is difficult, so it will be so easy to get discouraged. There will be those ups/downs days when you are feeling ok and then the next day you are totally wiped out. In those bad days, you might even start questioning
Why did I even have that surgery? - I feel worse now!
Pick yourself up and dont let those days get you down. Its a tough road ahead, as I said it requires commitment. Maintaining a positive, can do approach can be one of your strongest assets. It would be so easy to just throw in the towel. Its too hard and after all it doesn't help anyway. That approach can rapidly throw you into a downward spiral that will be so more difficult to climb out of. Be Positive
Don't rush it! I know you are anxious to get back to work, start to drive again, start to do some of the things you did before. But if you do it too early you might be in danger of comprising your surgery or creating new problems. Follow your doctors timeline. All doctors will outline the time frame in which you can start resuming various activities.
Rome wasn't built in a day
Please take a look at this major article and all the sub-articles Post Operative Care
That root articles contains links to so many valuable articles all dealing with recovering from surgery, back or neck.
We have some long threads here plus dozens of other ones that deal with this subject. Many times in those threads people ask medical questions looking for answers. Since, we are not permitted to provide medical advice, so posting links to formal medical documents is invaluable.
I also believe in the two handed approach to education.
Books and Theories- You need them to understand the basics, the details, the terms, you can never understand too much
Practical and Reality Hearing directly from the people that have been through it all.
You have them both here on Spine-Health
Note: It is still always important that when you feel something is really wrong, contact your surgeon to run it by them. Much better to be safe than sorry
DONT RUSH IT