Hi, Out of desperation im posting this. Oct 6th had spinal fusion & a laminectomy at L5-S1. Generally everything went great. Six days later came home. I was happy with the recovery outside of developing pulmonary embolisms im my lungs which landed me back in the hospital for 3 days. But my back recovery was still great. Up until 2 days ago (at home)I would wake up log roll out of bed like 2nd nature. sit at the end of the bed for a sec., get my stability and stand up. No Problem. Then all of a sudden two days ago I found that stability in my mid-section almost non existent. Rolling to the end of the bed was just like my 3rd day after surgery (pure hell) trying to get myself to sit up was, again utter hell. walking al of a sudden, I felt so unstable that i would be grabbing for the walls or whatever was closest.
Again, mind you, 5 days ago, I would get dressed by myself, head outside for a neighborhood walk slowly albiet stable and with confidence.
I had noticed that the pain im experiencing now seems to be coming more from the lower right part of the back rather than the left - which is where all my immediate post-surgery pain & instability seemed to come from.
I have a back brace from the ol'pre-op, try anything to get rid of the pain, physical therapy days which I put on last night, just to try and it does give me some of the stability as well as relief that I had just a week ago. (Its allowing me to sit at my desktop to type this)
When I spoke with my surgeons office 2 days ago, they said ups and downs are part of the healing process but this feels more like a skydive.
Is this normal? anybody else ever experience this?
Could it be the im building up a tolerance to the pain meds (oxicontin-5mg, oxicodone-5mg, valium2-mg.)
Also the northeast is experiencing a big nor'easter - could the pain be weather/pressure related?
Its saturday but come monday if this persists, ill see my dr.
Thanks in advance, Mark