It has now been 5 weeks since my l5-s1 laminectomy surgery. I’d like to think that I am still recovering, but I still feel pretty broken and haven’t noticed as much improvement. I think my walking form is better and the pain is pretty minimal (about the same as last week).
General Laminectomy Recovery at 5 Weeks
The past week may have gone a little faster. I attribute most of that to being busy at work. For the most part, I don’t feel much different than last week. I’ve been standing and sitting at my desk much more. I stand during conference calls and presentations. Sitting still gets me after a while.
Since I haven’t seen an improvement this week, I would say that boredom is the hardest part. My spirits are not up and I’m bored. My exciting decisions are to turn left or right when I walk out the front door.
The biggest thing might be that I’ve made some improvements on my walking. My form has been so bad for so long that I’ve had a hard time getting back to a point where I can walk normally. My left hip drops which put a lot of stress on my left hip flexors, left abdomen and in turn my right lower back. This all pulled my right shoulder down and twisted my spine a bit compressing my right lower spine.
Right before the herniation I had made some progress. Then, last week at physical therapy I was able to walk normally. I got my left hip to raise by using my right hip properly. I did discover my hips are very weak, so those exercises have been helpful.
With all of this focus on my form, my walking seems to be harder. I’m sure I am over thinking it.
I’m still doing 4-6 walks per day and my pace is decent. No big walks this week, but I wanted to focus on form.
Accupedo step count for week:
Pain and Numbness
I don’t have much pain. My lower back gets uncomfortable when I sit too long. Days with a lot of standing and walking also make me uncomfortable, but it isn’t real pain. I can sit in a char for about a meal now, but not too much longer.
My one concern is that sometimes I feel what seems like a sciatic nerve stinger (though muted) down my left leg. Not the whole thing, but just a little. I don’t like that.
Numbness seems to be a little better. I can feel the outside of my butt a little more and down the outside of my thigh a bit. Not the whole way down, but more than a week ago. I did notice something odd. Standing outside on hot cement my left foot was getting hot. Then I realized that I didn’t feel anything with my right foot. I suppose that is the last part of the nerve to come back.
Work and Life
Monday thru Friday go quickly with work. I’m still not traveling, but I get a lot done on the phone and in web meetings.
I still haven’t driven a car, but I don’t think I need too. Twisting to look over my shoulder is just another risk. I can wait on driving.
Otherwise, I’m still doing a lot of nothing; no bending, twisting or sitting in the same position for too long.