A week ago, I expected to wake up in horrific bain pain. On Sunday, I had painted interior doors, vacuumed the whole upstairs, mopped, and danced a little while making dinner. All of these things had previously caused me so much pain. Dinner gets made with the power of a painkiller. I took one that evening. And that morning too. I had done everything lefty that day because the right side of my back hurt so intensely that I didn’t want to aggravate it.
Monday morning rolled around, and I got out of bed expecting to have burning pain radiating out from my spine into my ribs. I expected every movement to hurt, even breathing. I expected to reach straight for a painkiller on my way to the bathroom.
I woke up and I felt fine. It was so weird and a welcome breakthrough in my pain and healing. I didn’t need anything for pain Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Thursdays I have a longer commute to work, and my back doesn’t like it, so I started rotating Tylenol and Ibuprofen that day and on Friday too. Friday I added a lidocaine patch to the mix.
The Thursday the week before, I had started listening to a meditation on healing on my Insight app. It’s really soothing before bed and only about 20 minutes long. I think it’s helping to focus some energy on healing.
Last Tuesday was the 10-week mark. I don’t know why it took me so long to start feeling relief from back pain. The standard recovery period after kyphoplasty is 6 weeks. I know my body is healing from more than just back surgery. I had ablation too, and that really upsets the bone. Plus the hip healing and cancer in general probably slowed healing down. I feel encouraged to have made progress and not hurt constantly! Managing pain 24/7 makes it hard to feel hopeful sometimes. I’m grateful for painkillers, over-the-counter and prescription.
Husband and I went for a walk tonight before making dinner. I like feeling like I can go for walks again! I did a little yoga, too, and held a plank for a few seconds. Also, I’ve noticed that I feel more compassionate when I see someone else walking really slowly in the neighborhood. Maybe that person is recovering from surgery too. Never know. I’m just glad to be out and moving and celebrate others doing the same thing!
One last thing, my back MRI results read as ‘unremarkable.’ So terrible pain happens for no apparent reason. My oncologist forwarded it to the Spine Clinic on Sept 23rd. I still haven’t heard from them. I kept saying that I knew it would get better, and it did.