Ok, I'm TERRIFIED of this surgery. I am having a lumbar fusion at L4/L5/S1. I don't know all the fancy acronyms yet, so bare with me! I have a high grade 3 spondylolisthesis that I've known about for a while. I don't have excruciating pain all day every day, but I am uncomfortable most days. On days the pain is bad, it's bad. I also have weird nerve issues. My legs feel like they want to fall asleep and they get tingly.
Anywho, I need any advice, help, reassurance that you can offer! I have the suggested list for post-op/recovery which I am eternally grateful for.
I've read of others experiences and I guess I just need my own response. My two hugest concerns are 1) waking up screaming bc of the pain and 2) the thought of a catheter freaks me out.
Of all weeks, my pain hasn't been that bad but I am scared that I will wake up with all this new "stuff" and fresh incision and be screaming.
I would greatly appreciate any help or advice you can offer me. I only slept 2 hours last night bc this is all my mind will focus on! Surgery is Thursday!