Thanks for all the replies. SE, how are YOU doing by now?
Sandi and Jim, I had an open discectomy, no hardware, and no restrictions (well, for 6 weeks no bending, twisting, or lifting more than 5 lbs, but that period was JUST over. No one ever said anything about opening doors, though!) The handles were just a little lower than chest-level, and I pulled them open the bare minimum to squeak through. You know how it is when you're being paid for something - I was running late and had to get into the school building. Duh!
I'm just so freaked. My pain had been much better (but now that I think of it, a couple of things were already bothering me - like the fact that it was starting to hurt again when I blew my nose or coughed - and that was gone after surgery. Now, of course, it REALLY hurts to do that.)
I left a message a few days ago with the surgeon's assistant. I'm sure she'll tell me it's fine, not to worry, and actually, I couldn't afford any more tests anyway, unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. This surgeon is no help, anyway. If it keeps up, I'll run it by my regular doctor. I have to ask him to refill my Norco, anyway, and I know he won't want to...I don't want it, either, but at this time, I can't get by without it. I already had to go back to taking whole pills instead of halves.
Thanks again for taking time to read this. Venting is good, esp. when people understand as you all do!
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Fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with recent surgery), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably Menieres)