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I’ve been reading this forum for the better part of 2 years now, and decided to join the conversation. I had a work related injury in early 2016 that lead to a herniated disc with a severe annular tear. I was 34 at the time, and all of my other discs were in perfect condition. Fast forward, has PT, ESI (ended up with a spinal fluid leak), a laminectomy/Discectomy a year ago and after failing to improve, I had a 1 level fusion last week. I have been realistic about the slow process of healing, but I am just looking for some input and hope!
Right now I am still mostly in bed, walking often, and sitting for meals (painfully). I had a lot of issues with muscle spasms in the hospital and still am struggling with that as my main source of pain. I am at the point where my hips and low back are sore from being in the bed, but I can only tolerate so much walking due to spasms. Collectively I am walking about 0.5 mile a day broken up according to my Apple Watch.
Of course my pain meds have completely backed me up, so I’ve been aggressively working on that too. Any advice on safe ways to stretch or keep from getting too sore while resting? I overdid it on POD 4 and realized I need more sleep and rest than I was getting. Seems to be a fine line between walking enough and walking too much. I wish I could just soak in a nice hot bath! Ice has been helping with muscle spasms between meds and when it seems to flare up. My incision looks good other than some swelling.
Feeling already bored of feeling blah! Any tips for sitting comfortably or relief of spasms and constipation!
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