So, December 1st, 2009 I underwent an ALIF with pedicle screw placement to repair a pars defect and slipped disk at the L5-S1 level. The surgery took about 3 and a half hours and I'm told it went perfectly. For the first 10 hrs or so I was medicated with subcutaneous morphine which worked fairly well. The next day I was discharged home on percocet 5/325 strength with instructions to take ONE every 6 hrs as needed. Well, that lasted a little over a week. Then, when I was still having pain, they gave me vicodin 5/500 (and a BIG attitude because how dare I still be in pain). That lasted about 3 weeks and I was feeling pretty good but then suddenly developed extreme right leg sciatic pain. When I called the doctor they put me on a steroid taper for "nerve inflammation". When it did not touch the pain they decided they would see me in the office. So, December 30th I was seen by the surgeon. They took x-rays and because the hardware had not shifted and "looked excellent" I was told basically to suck it up and deal with the pain (taking motrin 800-1200 mg every 6 hrs and tylenol in between is doing NOTHING-except killing my kidneys and liver perhaps?).
So, that being said, I need some feedback. Is it unrealistic to still be in pain? Could I have nerve damage going on? I am at my wits end with this pain. I cannot function. I cannot do my rehab stretches because it makes it so bad that I cry and then my husband gets pissed and tells me to go lay down (which I do but then get stiffer).
Prior to having the procedure I went a long time having some good days, and some bad....but NEVER was on narcotics for the pain. So why is he treating me like I am lying about all the pain I am having in order to just get pain meds (I would MUCH RATHER be pain free w/o meds and back at my job!)
Oh and I now have "bladder control issues" since the surgery.
PLEEEEEEEEEEZ ADVISE!!!! :''(