I had my 4 week checkup and X-ray today. Not much bone growth at all yet. My PA didn’t seem alarmed at all. Will recheck again at the 3 month mark with another X-ray.
The bump above my scar (my “egg”) is still present. She said it’s stuck. Could be a stitch that hasn’t absorbed yet. At any rate, she said to start massaging it to encourage it to break up and let go so it can start gliding over the other tissues.
The right leg numbness is still present. It’s about a 3-4” long line over the lateral side where the nerve runs. The pain still fires there when I press on it. This is expected to move upward and disappear over the next several months. Could be caused by some nerve stretching as the surgeon really had to work to get the vertebral space opened up enough to cram the cage in between the vertebra. They were pretty much touching when he started. No wonder it hurt so much before this procedure. My jelly donut was completely shot.
I got the go ahead to begin PT. I am ready to get strong. I asked about dance movement and was told I can do whatever I want….at three months. So that’s two more months of waiting and no twisting 😀
I have been forgetting to take any Tylenol and Gabapentin for the past 2 days. That’s a good sign. We’ll see how that continues.
I can not BELIEVE that this hardware is now a part of me. I should have asked if I could get it in "sparkles". But here it is…