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just out of hospital

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Lower Back Pain
hi again spine buddies, just got home from hospital today. Got taken in on Thursday after having awfull pain for 36 hours previously.On top of my oxy, the docs gave me 5 doses of diamorphine, 4 lots of diazipam, 2 diclofenac suppository and another muscle relaxant over the space of around 6 hours.....the docs said it was enough to put an elephant to sleep and guess what- I was still pacing the floor in hellish pain! This didnt feel like muscle spasms, the area behind my scar for around 4" at a guess was so tender even to the VERY light touch.Couldnt even put a heat pack against it.The following morning, my back settled but I had very bad sciatica down my right leg which went away untill I got into my hospital bed at night, when it felt like my right leg was going to sleep below my knee.I am now back to my usual chronic pain levels.I'm 3 months post laminectomy to L5/S1 level and can control the pain through the day with oxycontin and oxynorm, but struggle to control it through the night.Does anyone have any idea what could have been happening to me?
thanks, Karen


  • Wow, sorry you went through that. What a horrible experience, but I'm glad you got to the ER and they were able to help.

    I'm a bit confused, though - didn't they tell you what the problem was while you were in the hospital?

  • another ? when was your surgery?
  • may 14th was my surgery. They just treated me for 'acute' on chronic back pain, but the hospital is a small one with no real specialists and as I'm seeing my surgeon at the end of october, they didnt seem too bothered about putting a name to it.~I would like to know if anyone else has had a similar experience.
  • Well, I'm really glad that they were able to help you then even though they didn't know what the problem was exactly.

    I think there's someone here that just recently experienced the same thing or something close to it. I don't remember where it was, maybe the Surgery section, but I'm sure they'll reply when they see your post.

    When my sciatica was bad, I'd also get up to major pain in the morning. Lying down or standing for any length of time can be very difficult with sciatica.

    Take care, Karen.
  • Karen we have talked and you have read most of my post i have been like you are now since my last operation..laminectomies are a painful to recover from operation .i have just woken up at 4am with the same type of pain that i had befor the operation and my operation was nearly 2 years ago .i know that may not make you feel any better but i don't think that there is anything else wrong with you its just the effects of the operation its horrible .i wish you were not in pain and i wish that after 15 of suffering i could offer you some good advice but i can't as i am the same way just keep taking the pain killers..i know that you must feel very disappointed i bet by now you thought that you would be over the worst? but from what i have seen/heard and been told this is it my friend as good as it gets .
  • good morning! :H wow! you are going through alot post recovery.. of course everyone heals differently, and you should always contact your doctor when you are having pain like you are at night.. :-C perhaps it is time to use a nerve pain medication. talk to your doctor of you are interested.. :-C it may help.. good luck and i hope you have pain control soon.. :D Jenny :)
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