Six Months

First off, apologies for not posting for some time. Life has been crazy busy and I just haven’t made the time to write. Had my six month post-op exam and x-rays two days ago and happy to report, everything looks great! I was a little concerned because I’ve been battling some pretty significant muscle cramping/tension/tightness in the area above my fusion and was worried there may be damage or disintegration in that area due to the fusion. Good news is, the X-ray showed nothing like that and my surgeon said it’s likely because number one, fusion is taking place, which can cause the surrounding muscles to get a little “angry” and two, because my body is still adjusting to this new way of alignment. I lived with my pre-surgical spine being out of whack for over eight years and because of that, my body learned to function that way. Now that my spine is the way it should be, it obviously is going to take some time for my body to readjust. The muscles issues aren’t painful, more annoying than anything. The best way to explain it is, it feels like a Charlie Horse without the pain. Like I have a brick attached to the middle of my back. The muscle issues aren’t continuous either. As as been the same since surgery, I feel better when walking and moving. I notice the muscle issues are worse after sitting for an extended period of time and it’s particularly noticeable after a day at work or at the end of my work week. I’ve been able to still manage it though with massage therapy, heat, CBD cream and extra potassium. My surgeon prescribed an additional six weeks of PT with a focus on dry needling. Apparently, dry needling is similar to acupuncture but with more of a focus on muscle issues. I continue to feel better daily and I’m still walking daily and have lost about 20lbs since surgery. I find that I have to be conscious of my body and it’s limitations and have been working at finding that sweet spot between being active and not doing too much. I still struggle occasionally at night with heavy/restless legs, but that seems to be improving as well. My energy level really goes in spurts…. I still find this so shocking! Some days I feel like I have endless energy and other days, after walking and going to work, I’m completely done and have to go to bed. This is the most frustrating thing right now because I have stuff to do, damnit! But, I just try to remember this is my “normal” for now and I do what I can when I feel like it, and the rest has to wait. 🙂

1 thought on “Six Months

  1. You are strong and amazing my friend!! Keep up the hard work!! Stay strong and keep the faith!!

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