I had my takedown on April 23, 2012 and I just recently started to feel better. I have to tell you that I felt hopeless in the beginning thinking things were not going to change and that they wouldn't get better. Well they do!!! You have to let time pass and give your body a chance to adjust to the major trauma that it has gone through.
I FINALLY went back to work last week after being out since last November. I spent 35 days in the hospital after my first surgery with just about every complication you can think of.
I am not 100% better but starting to feel like I am at least getting some of my life back and that feels great.
Please, please, please don't give up. I pray for all who are suffering on this site as I know what it is like to be in constant pain and anguish and feel like it is never going to get better.
Measure your progress by month not days or weeks. Look at the first of the month and see if you are doing better than the first of the previous month. I keep a journal every day of what I eat, when I go to the bathroom and how I feel. I also have a monthly spreadsheet where I can actually see my progress because sometimes we don't always realize that we even made any.
The recovery is VERY slow for this - slower for some than others. I can honestly say that I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and I thank God for that.
Anyways just wanted to try and be an encouragement to some people. Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions - I am happy to try and help anyone.