Hi all, just wanted to post to say I have had my op.
Just some background -
I'm 24 from UK and work with children. Had back pain for about 5 years and about 8 months ago started suffering with bad siatica in my left leg. Had an MRI in Dec which showed a large prolapsed disc (L5), some had broken away and was trapping the nerves badly.
I was told I would need surgery urgently on the NHS so waited and waited! Last Friday, I got a call saying that I was being sent to a private hospital as the NHS were struggling. My op was sceduled for 6 days! I had to arrange cover for work and prepare!
I am glad thou as I didn't have much time to worry, although I didn't sleep much!
Anyway - Went in yestarday at 12:30 to the Runnymead, Chertsey Middlesex (For anyone who knows it!) Had to eat before 8am and nothing to drink after 10am which was the hardest.
Was sharing a room with another lady but the room was more like a hotel! I had a visit from the nurse, took BP etc and then had a chat to the surgeon and anesitist (bad spelling!)
I am also a smoker which was hard - didn't manage to stop or cut down before hand, and also convinced my Mum to sneak out twice for a sneaky one!
At about 3:15 I was collected to go down to down to theatre and was allowed to walk in. Had the lovely "sleeping cocktail" and woke up at 5:20 feeling a bit drugged up!
The surgeon said it was a sucsess and all was well. Went back to my room and felt okay. I was given morphine so was up, chatting to family and able to go to the toilet after about an hour.
I was given Tranadol and paracetemol and was not in too much pain. My main problem was getting comfortable and not being able to laugh with family!
I was given some soup and sandwich which I found hard to eat as I kept choking on bit's but just really needed water.
I was up and confident walking on my own about 2 hours after - and found myself wondering up and down with bordom! And yes - did also sneak out for a naughty fag too! Not recommended as was very dizzy and light-headed.
I didn't sleep at all during the night - mostly because I couldn't get comfy. I had the dressing on the wound and also the drain in my hand. It was during the early hours that I started having a bad achey pain in my right shoulder, arm and neck. This became very painful and at 5am had some more painkillers.
My boyf came in at 8 and had to wait to see the nurse, surgeon and physio. Did some basic excersize's which are done lying down - showed her I could walk and do stairs easily ( I have 2 flights at home!) Had my dressing changed to a waterproof one then was discharder!
The drive home was not as bad as I thought - was just so glad to be going home.
My boyf settled me in bed then went off to my doc as I needed to get a medical cert, arrange for physio and make an app to have the stiches removed in 2 weeks time.
I felt totally exausted and irritable but couldn't sleep. I think i fell asleep about 3 for a few hours.
The pain in my back from the wound is getting slightly worse as time goes on and have to change position often and have been using a hot water bottle to ease it slightly. Walking is also becoming harder and have to walk really slow, almost a shuffle! Stairs, I am like a toddler with my boyf or Mum beside me!
Not had a shower yet, mainly as I am to exausted. Other than thoes few things, I feel ok. I think the pain in my neck etc could be where I was rolled over in surgery, and also because I favour that side to pull myself up.
Anyway, I have rambled on enough - Just wanted to update everyone as this site has been great for me, and I hope others will find it useful.
I would also like to say a Huge thanks to my family, especially my wonderful boyfriend who was been by my side throughout (wondering how long it will last thou!)