Hi I had an Axialif on my S-1 and an Xlif done on L-3-4 and L-4-5 the incision for the Axialif was down by my tailbone and the Xlif was done through my left side for the 2 other discs. I was really scared about even having this done and I feel like a big pussy at 6'3" 225lbs but a 3 level disc fusion is really no joke I have found out. I had some complications after the surgery and I got a temprature of 103 and they started moving me around to get a CT scan and I kept asking them what was wrong because I was in so much pain around the belt line in my back and also my limp nodes in my neck swelled up and It got to a point I couldn't lift up my head on my own I really thought I was going to die that night and they wouldn't tell me anything and they were giving me dialadda and it was doing no good at all. Not to mention I didn't have much sleep for 3 days leading up to the surgery.
They got me to an Xray guy and he was very rude and jerking me around to the point I was yelling and moaning in so much pain. I couldn't get a bowel movement or pass gas and I found out later it was contributing to to my pain. The Dr. said later I had an unbelieveable amount of gas built up in my bowels and it was pressing against my surgeries and it would be a while before I could get rid of it. I finally passed some stuff that was clear gel from the stuff they give you to clean you out before surgery and it gave me some relief. I fianlly had them give me morphine and flexeril to get me to sleep and it did the trick finally. The problem then and now is I have a hard time passing anything and it feels like when I strain it presses on my discs and nerves and it stops me in my tracks can't do anything. So I am taking oxys 3 times a day and percocet 4 times a day because the pain after 2 weeks is worse than it was before the surgery. I am getting really depressed about not being able to take a crap when I want to and it builds up over days and I can't walk when that happens Is anybody else having the same problems as me? I really don't want to have them operate on my again or do I want to ever go back to XXX Hospital in XX again it was the worst experience I have ever had. There are some mean people in that hospital. Maybe I have way to high of expectations but I know when my bowels don't move I can't walk on my own I need the clam shell they made me and a cane. Anyway I hope I didn't bore anyone I am feeling very lonely and haven't asked for too much help from my kids or Wife I try to do everything I can myself and it seems like I a feel helpless and just don't want to be around anybody like I am a burden. My wife has been a champ but shes gotta work so that leaves my kids to help and it's like they don't really realize what I just had done. I also had my 20 year old just move back in before the surgery with his girlfriend and bring a whole bunch of drama with them so it hasen't been the best around here for anyone to have surgery as far as stress is concerned. I started journaling the other night and it seemed to help a bit. Well thank you for looking at my post hope to here from some of you just to hear some feedback because I feel like this surgery didn't do anything but put me in worse pain. Thanks again jharrison43.
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