I need a little advice from those who have already gone down this path.
I had a microdiscectomy on Monday this week. Came home yesterday without any leg or back pain, but my bladder stopped working - so I came home catheterized. I realize now that i was having bladder issues before the surgery for about 2 weeks - not voiding completely, but now I can't pee at all.
I'm very concerned that this might be a long term issue rather than the "come back in one week and we'll see if you can pee" scenario that the hospital staff gave me. Could the nerve have been further damaged during surgery if the rest of my surgical results were so good? I still have numbness in my leg, but the pain is gone, which means the surgery was successful, correct?
I have had several surgeries in the past and have had constipation from the anesthesia and pain killers, so this time I was careful to only take a minimum of painkillers and to take a stool softener each day. I've been home two days, taken Milk of Magnesia with no result, taken laxatives with no result, and now I'm concerned that my bowel as well as my bladder is not functioning. How long should I wait before contacting my doctor? Should I take more laxatives or will that cause internal problems if I've lost the ability to push properly?
Many thanks to anyone who is able to give me practical advice beyond "contact your doctor".