I'm still slowly getting better. Kinda overdid my walking a few days ago and wound up with a little more inflamation in the psiatic nerve. Getting up and down isn't too difficult as long as my knees are at > 90 degrees. Last night I decided to lie in the floor and then after twenty minutes of wishing I hadn't done it I finally managed to drag myself out the front door where I could grab the handrail and get up on my feet again. Ahhhhh, just like the old days when I blew that disc out :tu Seriously though even immediately after the surgery when I spoke to the doc I could tell a huge difference emotionally, like that thing that has been grinding on my nerves and demanding constant attention for so long was somehow not an issue.
Thats the report for today. I plan to Ebay a few more pipes that I can't smoke right now before the day is done and do a little reading. All is looking up.
Thanks for the concern and be assured I'm not getting all gung-ho, just following my surgeon's orders. He has a very high success rate and he is adamant that I walk daily, from day one. No bending, stooping, twisting, squatting, lifting over ten pounds, but walk as often as possible without an increase in pain.Dude you need to take it easy, seriously!! Play it super safe and take as much time as needed. I too had back surgery, last November. I had serious issues that paralyzed my leg and completely numbed my groin (yeah - it sucks). I thank God I was able to get into emergency surgery (after a week). I've never felt such pain, and like you said, its night and day after the operation. But you really need to rest and let things mend. I took a solid two weeks to not even move. I further spent about 2 months totally slacking, being very cautious - even over cautious. The nerve sensation will last for awhile, no worries about that. I can now say that I am like a new man. They cleaned up the bone around the nerve and trimmed the disc, etc. But you don't get too many kicks at the can, so take it easy. Glad to hear you're doing good, and I know from experience you'll be glad you went under the knife. A good back program should be your key to prevention, once you'e ready that is.