Re: "How To Feel After A Discoctomy "
I had surgery on January 14th so it's still pretty fresh. Gotta say I was right there with you on the forth day. Man, all I could think about is "what did I do???" I can not understand how anyone could go back to work two weeks after surgery where I could barely walk.
My surgeon gave me very strict restrictions. And I really tried to follow them, but it was hard. Basically the doctor told me not to sit for no more than 10 minutes for 4 to 6 weeks. Now I know that 6 weeks is extreme, but I for one had one heck of a time sitting. That was where my trouble was before surgery and still is. I think the best bet is to take it easy. Don't lift anything. (My husband still won't let me lift a gallon of milk) Rest as much as you can, but when your up to it, move around a little bit. I did most of my "walking" from my pull out couch to the bathroom and back for the first two weeks. But I had terrible muscle spasms that if I tried to move, would "freeze" me in a huge cramp. I am not sure if that is "normal" but for me that was the hardest.
If you can, baby yourself as much as you can at first. I'm not talking about vegging out for weeks, cuz walking is really good. That is basically the only "exercise" that my doctor recommended for me. I tried at first to walk for like ten minutes at first (like quicky grocery store trips) to half an hour of walking thru Walmart. (Just to get out of the house, I'm not much of a leisure walker, got to have a purpose) I also wasn't allowed to drive until the forth week, but unfortunatly I am still unable to drive. (muscle spasms)
I do not regret at all having this surgery. And the funny thing is my back hurts more than it did. I had lost all feeling in my foot and toes, and was having serious nerve problems. That is better, first thing after surgery i wiggled my toes and i could feel them.
Now, I have lost some of that feeling again but i am hoping that the nerves are still repairing themself. They have been compressed for so long that they need time to mend.
So take one day at a time. Listen to your body. Don't rush your recovery because it will make all this crap your going through worthtless. Also, call your doctor with any question that you have. Hey, that's what they get paid the big bucks for, lol. Any other questions or if you just need to vent, or share with us, please do. We are always looking for a success story and are always here to offer a shoulder to cry on.
Good luck and please keep us updated.
Dayna <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/angel.gif">
I know this is long, but I guess I was on a "typing spree". My back feels pretty good tonight and I am using the time for fun on the computer. Take care.