What do you mean a let down? How you recover is really out of your control, you just have to deal with it as it comes. There's nothing wrong with going to the Emergency room when you were going through those things, I would have done the same thing.
I was taking similar meds at that point too, and as far as doing things, you do what you can.You're strength will come back. Your talking about dishes, vacuuming, and general house work and grocery shopping. I couldn't do any of those things at that point, well I might have been able to do one of them. The 1st time I went back to the store, I was amazed at how much effort and walking was involved, it was overwhelming. If there was something I needed that was too far away, I just didn't get, I didn't have the strength.
My recovery was kind of long, I don't want to discourage you. There's not much you can do to speed it up, you just have to be patient and therapy will help. I had a lot of muscle spasms, but I wouldn't say I had major issues with them. More the headaches (they'll start to lighten up) neck pain (therapy helped this) and the scapular pain. Walking helps, but it sounds like you do enough of that already, don't push yourself too hard.
You're going to have good days and bad ones, pretty soon they'll be a lot more good ones. Going through something like this really makes us see how we take our good health for granted.
That information is very foreign to me, but it seems as if there 'could; be an issue with your L4-L5 disc.
5 years ago, I had a cage put into my L4-L5 because of the disc being shot and also a cracked vertebrae. I mention this because I have a 'little' knowledge in this area due to endless hours of research and talking with many doctors. Remember, I am No doctor, so don't take my words and put them into stone.
Ok, There are some issues regarding your L4-L5, but your doctor may see this as no problem. My neurosurgeon said that, "everyone is different, and one person may feel pain with a blown disc, while another person never has a clue that their disc is done for."
My personal opinion would be to get a referral from your primary physician, and get a second and even third opinion if necessary. The more eyes the better when it comes down to you still having pain and supposed to go back to work tomorrow. Go to work, see how the day goes, and the following week or two. I had Much pain after my surgery, for about 6 months to be precise, but I ended up going out to play baseball with my boy because I couldn't stand still having the pain and being couped up in my house dealing with situational depression that stemmed from the previously mentioned pain I had. Well, my wife freaked out as we left for the field- lol, but 3-4 days after the pain subsided from actually moving muscles that had not been used for a Long time, I was actually pain free.
But now it is 5 years later and I am having Extreme pain due to another disc I am sure. I am heading to see a neurosurgeon in a Major hospital when my family doctor's nurse calls me back. Ok, my back can't sit anymore, so Good Luck with your situation, and second opinions are never a bad thing. This could eliminate any possible 'mental conflicts' that a post surgery may cause, or your pain is real and further action is needed.
Thanks for the info, I don't think I am ready to go out and play baseball yet but I will take your advice to heart. I agree that the best way to make things better is to get out and move, get sore, let you body adjust/recoop and get back on the saddle. My problem is that I work for the state if I go back to work and can't handle it I have use up all the sick and vacation time that I have saved up for 5 years and would be out on the street before disability kicked in that that's if I qualified. If I stay out now in November it turns to long term disability and I have a better chance. It is a sad situation and I feel horrible but that is how they have made it for us in the US. You spend your whole life working hard and one little thing can send you into hysteria.... As you can see I have a little anxiety about the whole thing as well. I have been a foster parent for years and had to stop that because it wasn't fair to the kids that I am not able to get out to the park, ball games, and such with them, now my employement may suffer I have been out since April 2010.... Ugggh what an ugly situation.
Good luck with your neurosurgeon and with you back I hope it all turns out for you.:)
I had C6-7 done a few years ago, and L4-5 fused several years ago. Recovering from both those surgeries at the same time must really be hard. I agree with the above post that you might have some minor issues at L4-5, but as far as your Cervical, your right, it looks okay.
I have to tell you, your probably still recovering from both these procedures. I guess recovery from a Lumbar discectomy is a little easier than recovering from a Lumbar fusion, it took me 6 months to where I felt half way decent and almost a year to fully recover. And my ACDF recovery was really hard, you're only at about 3-1/2 months out on that right? Did you go to Physical Therapy? I didn't start until 3 months, because I was in too much pain, and I went for 3-4 months. What are you taking for meds?
The pain you're experiencing is common for a certain number of us that have this procedure, the reason I say a "certain number" is because some people are better in 3-4 weeks and people like me aren't, I don't know why.
The headaches, muscles spasms and the scapular pain are just something that goes along with recovering from this. And it doesn't necessarily mean that something is seriously wrong. When they go in there and mess around with your nerves, it very traumatic on your system and it takes a long time to recover. Hopefully your Doctor can understand this.You'll get better, you just need more time.
Thank you for your comments. You addressed a lot of my concerns. I feel like such a let down some times. But it is true I had two major surgeries back to back. The lumbar was nothing I still have leg pain and muscle spasms but the recovery was nothing compaired to the ACDF. I went through times of not being able to walk to severe migraines that ended me up in the hospital. My surgeon got so mad at me he finally offered me Xanax if I'd stay out of the Emergency room. I thought this was horrid and refused of course. What would you do if your head felt like it was going to exploid and had uncontrolable vomiting for days? Go to the hospital. Same with the legs if I am paralized all of a sudden I am going to get it checked out. Turns out both were just part of the nerves coming back to life and the healing process. But man it would have been nice if he explained that ahead of time!!!
Yes, I am 3 months out and I just started Physical Therapy. My first time I was in tears due to muscle spasms my range of motion is less than 40% on almost all the areas he tested. I take a soma now before I go and it has been helping. As far as meds I am on Vicodan, soma, and cymbalta for all over nerve pain. The meds work on taking me from an 8/9 to a 3/4 but do not kill the pain completely at least I know I am still alive:) I should probably be doing more but I just havent been able to.
How was your ACDF recovery? Any suggestion to speed this along? Did you have major issues with Muscle Spasms? They actually showed up on my MRI last week as big bumps in my muscles along the shoulders. Trippy.