I'm another January surgery! Wednesday can't come quickly enough. I've been up for a while this morning due to pain. It's such an awful feeling waking up all night and being barely able to get out of bed. I'm realizing that laying down makes it worse and am wondering if once I get home after surgery I might want to sleep more upright.
Anyway, I'm a newbie! I can't believe I just found this site after going through my issue for almost 2 years.
I have a ruptured and herniated disc at L5-S1. I've been through PT, Chiro, Accupuncture, TENS and Muscle Stim units, and 8 different injections - facet and regular epidurals (by the way, the did help a lot in the beginning but only for about a month and they stopped working last April 2008).
I finally got fed up with pain this past summer 2008 and realized that I could not continue to live like this and on these type of strong pain meds for the rest of my life (gradually increasing Loratab, then Kadian, and now Oxycontin Extended 40 mg with Loratab 10/325 five times a day).
I visited with 4 different surgeons to get opinions and have finally settled on one I'm really happy with (Dr. LaVerne Lovell in Memphis). I'm having TLIF in 2 more days! I'm very nervous about the post-op pain and dealing with my family. I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter - I don't want to let her down since mommy won't be much fun for a while! But, I do feel hopeful that maybe I can start living a normal life again in a few months. I've been under the knife 4 times before (other, random things like appendectomy, fractured femur from a car accident, etc). My parents are coming from out of town to help out beginning tomorrow.
So anyway, cheers to all the other January people undergoing surgery. I'm happy to "meet" you all and will look forward to a lot of laptop time post surgery.
38 yr old
DDD, ruptured and herniated disc at L5-S1
TLIF scheduled for 1/7/2009