Hi again. I have been keeping a low profile recently as I feel I had hit a wall in my recovery but now it seems I am on yet another down. I am going to have to have a bit of a rant, sorry!
My recovery has been slow all along (IMO!!). I had a wound infection appear 10 days post op that stuck about for a month so I was banned from physio/exercise for ages.
Then when I started doing more exercise I got knocked back, then again when I returned to work 11 weeks post op. I struggled through at work until about March (Op was in Oct) when I started to (finally) feel better. This was about the 6 month mark and I thought "Oh, everyone is right about the magic 6 months"
Then I had a spasm over the Easter weekend that made me stay in bed for two days on as many pills as I could get. Then my Mom, who had terminal breast cancer, had to be admitted to a hospice on the Thursday after Easter. I drove to see her (50 miles each way, on UK traffic filled motorways!) each day she was in there until she died 11 days later. After that I took both an emotional and physcial turn for the worse.
I continued to struggle through at work, never feeling as good as I had back in March. Then I went to the GP about mid June and was told that as I had had back surgery I should expect to have back pain for the rest of my life. She was so patronising and (IMO) stuck in the dark ages. I insisted that I had felt loads better than I was at that point but she just repeated that it was to be expected.
Well, a week later my back pretty much froze up. I couldn't put my shoes and socks on again I was that bad. I ended up having a week off work.
Since then I have slowly got a bit better, but still not as good as back in March.
Then last week my back started to actually hurt to touch - I noticed when my car seat touched it. So I had a poke at it and there was a little lump under the scar. The lump is getting a bit bigger, is warm to the touch and the top inch of my scar is inflamed. My physio said to give it a couple of days to settle by itself, he thought maybe just tissue inflamation. Well it hasn't got better so I am supposed to see my GP on Friday. Couple with this hip, groin, thigh pain and I have had enough!
So, has anyone else had anything like this? Could it be, as I have a horrible feeling it is, an infection? If so how the heck could I have an infection now? I feel totally paranoid now, but also wonder if if there is a problem inside that might explain why my progress is so random and so full of bad weeks compared to the good days. I did a bit of google last night (I know!) and came across stuff about hardware infection etc and am pretty scared that I am going to need more surgery. I know I am getting miles ahead of myself, lets hope the doc just gives me some massive antibiotics and sends me on my way!
Sorry, again, to moan, but this is the only place where people actually get it!