My legs still felt great and my incision was very sore because days two and three were a little bit harder than the first day because some of the topical anesthesia had worn off but it still was great because my leg pain had not returned. I was so afraid it would though.
Then we had a bit of a back slide. I had started taking a little bit of stool softeners because I knew from past experience that opiate painkillers can make you very constipated. Unfortunately this was too little too late I should've started taking them before I had even had the surgery.
I don't want to get into too much detail because it's actually very gross and TMI but lets just say there were a few calls tothe nurse and I was unable to go until day five after surgery. It was very painful and the strain that I experienced made me think I had probably reherniated my disc that had been worked on. I felt really weak after that but I got back to normal within a couple of days. I started taking flaxseed and Chia seeds mixed in almond milk, as well as milk of magnesia, as well as drinking tons of water, as well as taking fiber one bars.
So one week and one day after my surgery things had been going pretty well. I had started taking short walks up and down my driveway and then up and down my street. I had no pain while walking, a little bit of uncomfortableness while sitting, and I felt pretty good laying down. The incisional pain was subsiding although I needed to tighten my core before I could make myself stand up. I was still feeling a little bit unstable while transitioning from position to position but things were getting better.
Then I think I want a little too far. That day I decided to make two very easy pies for my sister's graduation which was the day after that (Saturday). I was laying down while they were preparing in the oven and they weren't too hard to stand up and make. I then left with my sister to go get a pedicure and then sat there for about 30 minutes while it was done. It was a little uncomfortable but it wasn't too bad at all. We then left and went to a store to try to find Mother's Day gifts since Mother's Day was that Sunday. Again while I was walking it didn't feel bad at all and I thought it was okay. After about 30 to 45 minutes I got back in my sister's car and she took me home. I pretty much relaxed the rest of the day and iced my back and took my medicine.
The next day was my sister's graduation from university. I didn't want to miss it even though I knew it was going to be very long and the chairs were going to be very uncomfortable. I was feeling really good in the morning and I made sure to take my medicine and everything else I needed.
My parents supplied a wheelchair so I was able to use that as we were filtering into the arena where the graduation was taking place. In retrospect this was a bad idea because I was supposed to be walking. The only concern was I didn't know how LONG I would be ablel to walk.
As soon as we found our seats I got out of the wheelchair and I tried to sit in the stadium seats for about 10 minutes. It was too uncomfortable so I stood up and took pictures. My son who is almost 2 was getting antsy so since we were seated up at the top we could easily go out into the hallway and he could run up and down it as he liked. My husband also came to help since I wasn't able to catch him if he went somewhere he wasn't supposed to.
At this point I felt fine, I was a little tiny bit sore and I wanted to lay down but there really wasn't anywhere to do that so I just walked the halls and stood up and waited for them to start getting close to calling my sisters name of the graduation. This whole thing took about three hours. I made a bad choice but I couldn't miss her graduation. By the time we were supposed to leave they started pushing me in the wheelchair again and I couldn't make it that way I had to stand up because the sitting was way too uncomfortable.
I was crying and my medicine is wearing off. We finally made our long way to the car and I got in and layed down the seat so I could lay down and I felt a little bit more comfortable. I also got to take my next dose of medication and that helped as well.
My sister's graduation party was fine because I got to lay on the couch for most of it. And the medicine was keeping me going. I got home that night and iced my back and I just relaxed. I went to bed early because I was exhausted.
When I woke up the next day I was a little bit sore but once I took my medicine I was feeling pretty good. It was Mother's Day so my husband and son wanted to take me to brunch. It had only been 10 days since my surgery and this is the first time I was going to attempt to go out to a restaurant. My husband asked if I was sure I wanted to go and I said yes so we did. During brunch it was nice but I was getting uncomfortable pretty quickly and it was hard for me to sit there for more than 20 to 25 minutes.
The next plan was to go to target so they could buy me a couple of dresses for Mother's Day. So we went to target and walked around which was fine for me. However when I was trying on the different dresses in the dressing room that's when the soreness started getting to me and I was having a very faint phantom sciatic pain running down my leg. So very shortly after that we decided to leave. We went home and I laid down my back, while taking a nap with my son I also took my meds.
I started feeling better after that, so a couple hours after that we decided to go to Goodwill because that was one of the things I wanted to do for Mother's Day. My husband hates to shop so this is a great present from him. I knew I was overdoing it though. I knew I should've stopped. And then I shouldn't have celebrated anything and then just realized that I could do it in the future when my back was healed.
Monday was the first day that I was alone. My son and my husband went to school and work. So I got up feeling a little bit lonely and depressed. I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood to get my exercise in.
I immediately knew something was off. I didn't know exactly what it was, but there was a tightness in my glute and calf muscles and there was a feeling that I was right on the verge of a charlie horse. As I took my walk the feeling got worse and worse. I felt like my sciatica had returned. At this point it wasn't as bad as before but it was definitely not as great as I had been feeling.
I layed around most of the day after that I iced it, took my medicine, and I called the nurse. She called me back and she said that it was most likely the nerves waking up and it was probably normal but that if it became constant and if it got worse to call them back because we might need another MRI. Sigh.