Microdiscectomy Post-Operative week 3 (days 19 - 23)

>>  Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Days 19 to 23 have been so different I've decided to write up week 3 early.

By day 18 I was really struggling and I really reigned in what I was doing. I cut walking to a shorter and slower 2.75km plus a slow 1km on the treadmill later. I spent a lot of time lying down in bed in the morning and on the sofa late afternoon and after 2 days I was feeling so much better.

The leg pain subsided to lower leg only,completely gone from my bottom. and my back ache was much the same. Back ache doesn't bother me so much, it's the lesser of the evils and it reminds me to take care whilst this rupture is healing.

So in true to form on day 21 I took myself out for a 6km walk but took it very slowly and felt fine the next day. Day 22 I did the same again but the back ache was markably worse.

I'm only doing a few legs lifts and foot bends no other stretching at all.

I had my follow up appointment with the consultant today who said "you're doing too much"  *sigh* but he also said I could start driving again, so I drove daughter to Tennis and back tonight and walked 2.75km whilst she was there plus 2km on the treadmill this afternoon and most of the morning at the computer, add to this general housework and yes it all looks a bit busy really. 

Tonight I have intense back twinges from doing things I was doing earlier in the week fine.  I plan a day of rest and ice tomorrow.

The consultant did say everything was as it should be but also said being as I am as tired as I am the full 6 weeks off work post op would be the right thing to do.  I know so many people that went back to work after 3 weeks so I feel a bit of a wuss really.  He said I should now start swimming and biking too - I wish he would make up his mind about doing too much!

PS the consultant also said all the fuss about scar tissue forming if you do too much or too little is a load of rubbish and I should stop reading the internet and watching youtube as it is all unedited tosh (his words not mine)  so if you are here because you are 3 weeks post microdiscectomy op then log off now!

I have created a page of links for my Microdiscectomy posts and other links I have found helpful. You can find it here.



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