I am new to posting here, but have been lurking for about a year, or so. Due to a friends suggestions of some issues I have been having. I have decided to make a thread detailing what is going on with me, and hopefully I can get some feedback.
I have been having some say moderate/severe pain for approx four years now. I am now two weeks post-op for a fusion at L-4/5. I have DDD, but also three other herniations in the L-spine. The worst being L-2/3. As Dr stated in bad shape, but just not enough quite to operate on. So I am thinking I will be back in surgery likely within a year, or so. Hopefully not, but we will see. I also from MRI have several levels of compression in the
C-spine. I can't say for sure, but beleive that is the cause of some evil headaches I get. I am sure I have left something out, but will update if I can remember.
What I have been going through. This will be sticking to post op. I came home four days after surgery. My meds prescribe are Tylox 5/500, and I also have Lortab 7.5/500.
I also have prescribed some various muscle relaxers. I have had a couple days relativly pain free, but that has been followed by some horrendous pain. I have tried to tell the DR my issues, and get some type of medication that will work better. A stronger pain med, but seem to have hit a wall with them in this area. I do not drink, or use any illegal drugs of any sort, and I am feeling like the Dr is thinking I am some sort of druggie. I know that pain won't go away 100%, but I am feeling, but two days no relief whatsoever. So about a week ago. I develop a very ;arge bruise around the incision. That brought on more pain. I again for third time tried to get Dr to change my meds. They responded with Do you still have the lortab. Change that from 1 every 4 hours to 2 every 6. Well it didn't help. I have like I siad two days since post-op that the meds have seemed to work. So I called, and told them about the bruise. The nurse explained it to me. I hope I say this correctly. A sub-dermal hematoma. Basically caused from what I understand to be a busted blood vessel, or vessels underneath the skin. Ok, and whatever it is. It as caused a great deal of pain.
I am starting to hurt pretty good right now with all this typing. I may have more to add later. I will see how I feel. Yet the one thing that is really pissing me off is the meds. Sorry for my harsh words, but itis. Lie I said. I live a completly sober lifestyle, and from reading here. I know that the meds won't 100% take away the pain. Nor do I expect them too, but also on the other hand. When these issues started a few years back. I was taking tylox, and demerol. Now I was told then that some Dr's felt they were basically the same strength, but I would beg to differ. Pain meds to me I wonder do they actually help with the pain, or change your attitude enough so you don't care about the pain. As nurse said to me. It will be about 6-8 weeks for your muscles to heal up from the surgery. Why not at least until then give me something worthwhile, or if you will a little stronger such as the demerol.
If I am wrong with my thinking please tell me. If there is anything you all can help mne with. Ideas, comments, suggestions. They are welcomed. Anyway to approach my Dr, and impress upon him these meds are not doing what I think they should etc...As I said anything to help. Even if it is me just thinking worng, or whatever. I thank you for your help in this matter. This site has been a blessing to me. Goodday all...