I am 16 days post-op from plif surgery, and have a question about persistent nerve pain.
Prior to surgery, I had agonizing sciatic nerve pain for approximately two months. Since the surgery, the nerve pain is much better, but is pretty uncomfortable upon waking and in the evening when I relax before going to bed. I have tried to take one Percocet before bed to ease the pain, but it keeps me wired and I have a hard time falling asleep. I am pretty much taking extra strength tylenol every four hours during the day to manage the pain and the pain seems better once I'm up moving around.
Just wanted to know if anyone knows how long this pain typically lasts? Prior to this surgery, I had a laminectomy and discectomy at the same level, and was back to work in two weeks with little post-op pain. I keep hearing that this is a big surgery, but I feel pretty good other than this aggravating nerve pain.
I appreciate any thoughts or words of advice.