I just wanted to check in here and let you all know what is going on since my surgery. I am pleased to report that the pain in my buttock/hip and leg is all gone. I no longer walk with a limp. I am no longer in a haze of pain. I can now read my books without being distracted. I am cheering up and smiling a lot. I do not have that pain and fullness in my lower back area that I used to have. I feel a sense of freedom.
I keep thinking that this is only temporary and that it is too good to possibly continue forever. I keep thinking something is going to make the pain come back. I was so used to living with restricted movement that I have had to retrain myself on how much I can move now. I was used to that flash of nerve pain with all of my movements before surgery. I feel so lucky and so blessed and so undeserving of such a miracle. I wish everyone could have this kind of outcome.
I am back to walking my little dog and I am gradually doing my chores and taking care of business around the house. I am now trying to slowly decrease my oxycodone intake from 120 mg a day. I am down to about 90mg a day and still have far to go. It makes me feel like I have a hangover or like I have the flu but I don't care because my back doesn't hurt. I awoke at 2am feeling like the back of my head was going to pound off. I only took 15mg instead of my normal 30. Each six hours I have a different symptom such as goosebumps with sweats, nausea or diarrea. I still am smiling usually though because it all has worked out okay, for once. All I have to do is slowly ween down and in a few weeks I'll be the normal drug free girl I usually am.
I just want ya'll all to know that there is hope and that sometimes these surgeries do actually work. That's coming from a girl who has had a double lumbar fusion with all the steel and a bone graph off a hip. Also the laminectomy/lipomatosis removal surgery I just successfully underwent. I am better today because of them and have a hopefull attitude when I look at the future now. I just want the same for all of ya'll. You deserve this too and I want it for you. Thanks for listening and being here.