I thought it may be of benefit to share this experience:
I went to see the surgeon today for my five week post-op check and was told my progress was “average’ ….WHAT???? Exsqueeze me??!!! Average?! But I wanted to be Above Average! “No”, I was told, “only 20% of patients are feeling fantastic and back to their normal activities in 5 weeks, and those are my elite athletes” . Rats! So I am average!
Nerve pain, numbness and weakness he has said is normal and because I had compression of the nerve for so long, recovery time may be six to 12 months. Other pain will ease with time, as I become more fit. I am free to do what I wish with no restrictions, as my pain and stamina allow. I am going to go back to Physio in February to build that strength.
I loved the explanation the surgeon gave me when I expressed my disappointment in myself for not being ‘back to normal’…he said,”my surgery created the right environment to allow for healing to begin; the surgery did not heal you!” He also said ,” I removed half your disc to create space…I didn’t just remove a toenail! This was pretty major!”
Ok, ok…so patience is needed…but I am on the mend!