Sorry I haven't posted anything sooner, it has been quite a ride to say the least. I will try not to be too long winded but I hope this post will be able to help.
The day of surgery i was a nervous reck. Got to the surgery center at 12ish, did lots of paperwork, then within 10 minutes I was taken back to start the show. Once I was settled with my pretty compression socks on, my gown on, & my iv started; the nurse brought my parents & friends back. After a few minutes for the "love ya's", I was being rolled back into the surgery room.
First thing I noticed was that the room was freezing so they gave me extra blankets. There were about 6 people there all workin hard to get things ready. I saw the Jackson Table (I think that's what it's called) & wondered how the heck they were gonna get me on there. The anesthesiologist was talking to me & telling me what all was goin on. There was a nurse putting, i think some kind of leads or monitoring things on both legs. While he was talking to me he said he was going to put a mask over my face for oxygen. Said to relax, breath deeply, not to worry that it was just oxygen. I remember him talkin to a couple people & without saying anything, I was under.
I remember someone calling me by my name saying that surgery was over & I did great. After what seemed like a few minutes I opened my eyes & saw the nurse sitting there with me asking me to wake up. I asked for her to raise my bed up a little then once I got my bearings a little my family was brought back.
Right after waking up I was suprised because I was not in hardly any pain. I was uncomfortable, but not as much pain as I expected. I mainly felt what I would describe as a tightness in my lower back, but the pain that I had been feeling before surgery was gone.
My open TLIF procedure was done at an outpatient surgery center & that night I was being taken to a rehabilitation facility for a couple days. I thought I was going to be wheeled into an ambulance to be transported. NEGATIVE . . . after maybe an hour in recovery a recliner type chair was wheeled in by me. The nurse helped me stand up & walk over to the chair. That's how I was transported - NOW is when the pain began. My "recliner" was wheeled into the back of Honda mini van. On my way there I think the driver hit every single pot hole & bump in the road.
Once I got into a bed i TRIED to get as comfortable as possible. Very soon I realized that wouldn't be happening, I'd just have to deal with being uncomfortable. What the heck I'd just had major surgery in my spine. :)
I stayed in the rehab place from Wednesday evening til early Saturday afternoon.
The Dr sent me home with the following meds:
Oxycontin 20mg take twice daily
Flexeril 10mg take 3 times a day
Percocet. 10mg/325mg 1-2 every 4 hours
Now that I'm home I've been hurting quite a bit. I can't seem to get comfortable unless I'm lying down on my 4inch memory foam mattress. The 1st week I took a lot of short walks around the house. Sometimes i would sit in my recliner but it's hard to get comfortable.
Today is day 21from my Open L4-5 TLIF w/instramentation. I'm still hurting Quite a bit, that's expected.
I'm just kinda wonder in what other people have encountered. How long should I stay on the pain meds? The only limitations the Dr gave me was not to lift more than 10-15lbs until the 5th month. He also has me walking as much as possible. No bending, twisting, squating ect.
I know everone recovers differently but maybe it would put my mind at ease a little if I heard about how some others are doing.
Thank You My Fellow Spineys!!