Well, I made it. Had surgery last Tues aft. (About me - am 56. Back symptoms started about 6 months ago. Diagnosis - spondy level 2 and extreme spinal stenosis. Severe and constant lower back pain plus rapidly progressing neurological involvement in legs. Conservative therapy failed.
Surgery took 6 hrs due to an unforseen cyst that had to also be removed. Only stayed in hospital 3 nights.. Prodcure went well. Have had a followup office xray and the screws and cages are in place. Feel hopeful but otherwise like s__t. I have a few questions......
1)Right now I am taking a lortab 5 and lortab 10 4 times a day, down from 2 lortab 10's 5X daily right after surgery. After 7 days i just don't seem to be able to lower the pain meds much more that that. When I try to cut back too much I end up nearly hyperventilating I'm in so much pain and it takes a while to recover. Is this normal?
2) I walk around the house a good deal and sit up 4 -5 times a day but otherwise am flat on my back to keep pressure off my incisions (have one for bone harvest as well) I also use a "magnetic" machine on my lower back to stimulate bone growth. Does this sound about right?
3) When my back gets tired, especially when I sit too long, (I try to limit it to 45 mins at most) my legs start burning. When I get the pressure off the base of my spine, the sensations go away. Anyone had similar feelings?
4) Constipation - ugh!!! I'm really fighting it. Use softeners plus mild laxative plus try to eat fiber. Not helping much. Also am having black stools - NOT tarry at all, very hard. Comments?? Tips or hints?
Anyway, am sooooo glad that this is behind me. Can't tell hou how much. Will appreciate any tips and advice you can share. Kathy