I am 6 weeks post-op from a 2 level fusion, and doing extremely well for the most part. I'm on no pain meds at all, except for the occasional tylenol, and it's been that way since about 2-3 weeks post-op. However, last night I was squatting down and putting some things back in the refrigerator, and I lost my balance a little bit and started falling backwards. I didn't hit the ground (I caught myself on the refrigerator handle), but I yanked my back pretty good. I almost think it would have been better to hit the ground, since my rear was only about 3-4 inches from the floor. Today I am hurting pretty badly. I can't believe that such a small thing can cause me to hurt! I feel like I'm made of glass! GRRRR. I guess 6 weeks out from surgery isn't that long, but I'm so excited to get my life back that I want to be better RIGHT NOW! OK, done venting now. Thanks for listening!
I hate it when I slip or something too-I understand how you feel. I am at eight weeks now and really hate my brace and stimulator. I want to wear normal clothes normally!!!! I wore heels last night to dinner and did well, I was happy about that. I do still take my pain meds, but some for my neck too. If I am out a long time my brace actually makes me hurt worse and that is annoying me. I am sorry you lost your balance. I take it you pulled a muscle then?
Well, hang in there-that's what I am told so I'll pass in on even though we hate to hear it.
HOpe your day gets better
I think we all get that catch yourself slip. In fact, I even FELL I think it's more the shock that hurts more than anything...and the pain the next day could be because after the occurance you tensed up some.
I know the "I wanna be better right now" feeling too. I'm 5 months Post Op and would like to be even better than I am.
Patience....unfortunately this isn't a quick fix and we're in it for the long haul.
Thanks guys! I know I need to be patient, but unfortunately for me patience isn't one of my strong points sometimes. I tend to be an extreme type-A personality, and that doesn't work to my advantage in this situation! Everything happens for a reason, and I think the lesson I'm supposed to learn from this whole thing is to be more patient and to learn to relax a little bit.
I'm feeling a little better now than I was earlier- of course I just took one of my pain meds too. I had to work earlier and that pretty much did me in. I'm pretty sure it's just a muscle thing. Grrrr. Oh well. Thanks for listening to me vent, I really appreciate it!
adj, my MRI showed some damage, but it didn't show the extent of it. My surgeon told me at first that he couldn't do anything to help me because the MRI didn't show significant enough damage to require surgery, and he's very conservative. It didn't make sense to him that the MRI showed so little and I was having so many problems (both with pain and neurological symptoms), so he kept persisting with the diagnostics. Sometimes MRI's don't show everything. In addition to the disc problems, I also had a fracture which had not shown up in any of the diagnostic tests- my surgeon didn't discover that until he was actually operating on me.