Hey everyone. I know I haven't been posting much, but I have been reading over the forums daily and the information you all share has been priceless to me. Thank you in advance.
My surgery date is getting closer (Dec 15) for the PLIF of the L4-L5-S1 and degenerated disc removal of the L5-S1. I am dealing with bone on bone b/w the L4-L5 and my nerves are being pulled forward with these vertebrae. @) I know we are all dealing with pain issues, as we should be or we wouldn't be here, but I have a question that maybe someone can offer advice or share their experience with me. My level of my pain in my lumbar area is progressing so much faster than before the official diagnosis that I received back in August. I know the doctor has told me that I probably had developed this problem back in my late teens or early twenties, so why all of a sudden would the symptoms intensify so quickly? I am having pain radiating into my legs and especially leg cramping at night. The neurosurgeon told me that the nerves in the lumbar region are probably causing the so called "charley horses" as they basically control these muscles. It seems though that now I am having muscular pain in my shoulders. My co-worker (I am a receptionist) keeps telling me I am slumping forward in my chair at my desk and sitting too close to the edge of my chair...more than before. Is this just from the muscular pain that I am having from my back trying to compensate for the back problem and pain?? I fear that after the surgery my body is going to be in for a shock of having to break bad habits and bad posture. Is anyone dealing with this or am I being a bit neurotic? lol Also, my doctor has given me Loratab 7.5 for the pain that I am having he had given me 10's but they made me want to climb the walls. It seems to dull the pain but I am afraid to take too much as a friend of mine who is an RN told me that if you take pain meds prior to surgery the pain meds via pumps etc will not work as well or that you will need more dosage to control the pain. I am not one that likes to take more than I absolutely need for fear of dependency. I am worrying too much???