I am 36 Female, overweight, I have had degenerative disk disease at L4-L5-S1 since I was 23. Had first surgery 2004 L4-L5 diskectomy/lami, second at same site 1 year later NS removed 6 grams of scar tissue and disk material. 4 years later 3/09/2009 had L4-S1 posterior fusion, since day 1 of surgery left foot has felt like it is wrapped in an Ace bandage that is too tight, my back feels like there is a high pressure soda can in it. Every movement hurts, I brace when out of bed, have a bone growth stim that I wear all the time which despite what the professionals say does cause aching down my hips and legs. When standing if I take the weight off my left foot it lifts up by its self and goes back and to the left about 1 foot off the ground it is freaky, the NS and his nurse sayt that they had to clean a lot of garbage out of the nerve exit and that it is irritated and should wear off as well as the Ace bandage feeling.
After surgery I was 5 days in the neuro ward, where I was up walking short distances 1 day after surgery, I was then moved to the physical rehab ward where I spent a week with 3 30 mins sessions of each OT and PT. I have a front wheel walker and try to go out and walk 1-2 times a day but pay for it if I over do it.
My feet are swollen, my left foot is huge, I keep elevating it but it isn't helping much, I had dopler done and don't have a blood clot.
My pain is much worse than before surgery, the first night home I slept through my pain meds time and woke up wishing I was dead, it was horrible, I am now on 40mg Oxycontine 3 times a day and Oxy IR 15-20mg every 4 hours, Zanaflex (Tizanadine) 4 mg every 6-8hrs, Xanax for anxiety and stool softener.
My regular DR who had been managing my pain decided the day after I was released from the hospital that she would not manage it any longer and refused to refill my pain meds because she is only a PA and felt that she didn't know enough about my condition so I ran out of meds on day 6 home from the hospital and suffered an entire day until I could get in to see the new Pain specialist my NS recommended.
Every day is different, some days I feel like I can do more and then I go 2 days where I don't even want to shower.
Is any of this normal? Has anyone had any of what I am feeling? The possessed leg worries me as does the level of my pain.
Any feedback suggestions are welcome.