You know, I really don't think many of the doctors do a good enough job giving information. During the procedure, they seperate all the skin away from the fascia and muscle. That effects all the little nerves, causing numbness and pain. i still have that as everything is regenerating. It's like electrical jolts sometimes. I don't think we realize the seriousness of this procedure, all too often!
I completely agree about the doctor communication. I was sent to my surgeon from the back specialist (actually from the injection specialist of the spine center) because he was the only one that could fix me. He was very matter of fact with me, told me I would hate him for about 3 months and then I would like him again. He explained things but it was a pretty quick in and out. When I went in for my 3 day check, I was so nauseated, dizzy and weak that I hardly said a word. Couldn't even make an appointment for 3 weeks until later because I just needed to get home. I had asked pre-op when I could drive and he said it was more the brace that would be a problem. So he didn't say no... haha
I did take a bath today. Getting in was easy. Getting out, a little harder as I had to use the good leg's quad to lift me out and it felt weak. But it was nice to sit and soak. Probably won't do it every day. But once a week instead of the showers is good.
Katie, I am a week ahead of you and that is a BIG DEAL this far out. Don't get discouraged. I have my days and moments that I completely lose it. The incision pain is pretty intense if I ride in a car and that makes me mad. I have dreams that my doctor will tell me tomorrow that I am doing so well that I don't need the brace any longer. But I know that's not the case. I almost screwed up last night when husband was rubbing my foot and he plopped down on the bed. Instinctively I pulled up my foot (wasn't in the brace) and almost did so too much. So, the brace is a good thing for me. Tomorrow will be a better day for you Katie. It seems to ebb and flow and for me anyway, and it's like 2 steps forward, one step back. Tomorrow you will feel great.
Hang in there.
I second that....hang in there....go slowly....things will be better and you will really appreciate where you've been later on!
Thanks so much to all of you! My mom came over tonight (86 years old) and that really lifted my spirits. I can't thank all of you enough for the encouragement. I am getting ready to take a pain pill, then a read a little while and go on to sleep. I know tomorrow will be better. Y'all are a great bunch of ladies! (Where did all the men go?????!)
Hi Katie and all the other ladies in here. The men haven't gone away it's just that all the women are giving great advice on all the questions. It seems as though I want to answer a question but someone beats me to it. I've been married for 15 years so when a woman speaks then I'll will keep quiet. lol Anyhow the advice is fantastic. Everybody has good and bad days. It's just that the bad days seem more frequent than the good days. Please remember that we are all different and to NOT compare your healing and progression with everybody else. For some of us it will take longer and then for others it will be a quick return to activities. Do not get discouraged and realize we will get better and that our bodies will heal themselves. It just may take a little longer than others. As of today 4/19, I am exactly 5 weeks post-op. I too get some setbacks especially with sitting. I get aggrevated because I feel that by now I should be able to sit without discomfort. After all I have the horizontal incision under my cheek not the vertical. But I understand that my body is just not ready for that. I have to help get rid of some of that scar tissue we all have. Let's all take it one day at a time and believe that tomorrow will be better than yesterday because truth be told, it usually is. Stay positive. drq
Thanks DrQ!!!! I just got back from my first physical therapy session. It went great and today is already a better day. He took off the brace while on my stomach and did some PROM with the knee and foot. I really could feel my quad is tight on the bad side. He also gave me some upper body exercises to do each day.He also taught me to walk on my crutches bearing some weight on that foot. It felt great to feel like that leg belongs to my body again. I go back on Thursday. This site has been fantastic. Thanks to all and have a healing day!
Tricia, I just remembered that you go to the Dr. today. I'm thinking of you. Keep us posted.....
Katie, Congrats. You'll see. Being in PT will really help you feel like you are getting better. You will face some challenges there also, but hang in there. There are many corners you'll turn!
drq- Who did your surgery again? No one is going to believe this, but my son was playing baseball and he heard and felt a large pop in his lateral hamstring/hip area. I must be having a bad dream. He's going for an MRI on Wednesday. If it's avulved or badly torn, we have to consider where to go. Bradley is in Pittsburg and Cohen is in Philly? I'm not entirely convinced I would go back to RW. Oi vey.HELP!!!
I just got back from my 3 week check up and no real news. I was pushing for a few more degrees in the brace, but no go. haha Can't blame a girl for trying. He told me I could start bearing weight on the leg (oops...been doing that for a while now...which I did admit to him) and said that I could take the brace off in 2 1/2 weeks. If I can figure out how to get in my car, I can drive. I might have to try to see if that's possible. Things are healing well though and I feel I can make it another 2 1/2 weeks. He said he wants no real activity until then and then really small steps to start to work on range of motion and building the muscle back up. But he did tell me no running, jumping etc. for 3 more months. Not happy with that but time will tell. Overall though he said things look good. Then I got a free T-shirt. (how weird is that!) haha