On December 10, I had two level L4 - S1 fusion. Interbody cages with BMP were inserted via a six inch incision in my abdomen. Note, the damage at l5 S1 was pretty severe (close to bone on bone situation). The doctor completed the surgery by flipping me over and inserting rods and screws on the back side through a total of four incisions ranging in length from 2 inches (2) to 1 inch (2). Prior to surgery, I was taking approximately 8 PercoceT (5/325) per day.
I returned from the hospital on Dec 15. I am currently taking Fentanyl 50 mg patch (every 72 hours) along with 2 percocet every 5 hours. And I still hurt! The pain increases through out the day and wakes me up in the middle of the night.
I feel like I should be taking less pain medication as I read the forums but am trying to be reasonable with myself. :''(
Can you please share your experiences with pain and meds post surgery? Especially if you had a similar procedure to mine?
Thanks. I think I am just feeling uncomfortable and unsure.