Good news, I survived my second surgery in less than a year. I developed an incisional hernia from my fusion surgery and I just had that repaired in Hershey on Friday the 8th. This was seriously a walk in the park compared to the symphysis fusion, I was home the same day! I was walking around no problems, just out of it from the meds. It looks like it is healing nicely and my only restriction is that I can’t pick up anything over 20 lbs for 4 weeks (aka Patrick who is 3 now). I can see this being an issue in another week or so but for now my little guy is ok with it.
And on to the bad news, sadly I feel like there is always something going on. I now have a pinched nerve in my neck/shoulder which is SEVERELY painful all the way down to my fingers. I’m no stranger to pain, I’ve lived in pain for 3 years now and this darn nerve is really bothersome. Worst part is that I can’t treat it properly. My favorite doctor PA in the whole wide world, Laura Yonych at St. Lukes has been on top of this for me for a couple weeks now. So this developed 2 weeks prior to surgery and by the time I realized that it was more than just a bad kink in my neck, it was too late for me to take anti inflammatory meds or a steroid to combat the inflammation because leading up to surgery I had to be off any of that type of medication. I basically suffered really bad for a good 10 days until just this past Tuesday I was allowed to take Advil. Starting tomorrow I can finally take a steroid to reduce the inflammation and hopefully my pain will subside. Luckily my Xrays came back normal so no major issues with my cervical spine, phew 🙂 Talk about bad timing with a pinched nerve and wow is that painful!
On to more good news, my back is still doing very well, I no longer think that I will need a screw put into my SI joint to stabilize the back of my pelvis, yay! That is one HUGE step in my recovery. And yes, it has been 11 months since my fusion surgery and yes I’m still recovering. I get thru this by setting small goals and just focusing on one day at a time. Tomorrow…steroid for nerve pain 😉