Almost Two Weeks Out From L5/S1 Discectomy
I had an L5/S1 open discectomy on 1/14/09 and am going through the recovery phase. So far so good; nerve pain in left hip and leg gone immediately after surgery. I didn't even feel that I needed pain meds for the surgical pain! However, even though I'm feeling good and walking about 1/2 a mile every day on the treadmill, I'm afraid of over-doing it. Sometimes when sitting, I'll get a shockingly bad pain down the sciatic nerve path. It has always been fleeting, but it reminds me all-to-clearly of that awful pain before surgery. How long do I need to be careful of bending, doing light housework or laundry? Also, I'm planning to return to my desk job on 2/2. Is that realistic or am I pushing it? My surgeon said 1 to 2 weeks since I work in a bank and have a desk job, but I knew I wasn't ready after 1 week! It will be 2 1/2 weeks when I'm planning to return. I just don't want to do anything that will undo the seeming success of my surgery.