Hey gang. I am two weeks post surg for the microdiscectomy of L5-S1 (with transpedial decompression...whatever that means). The surgery was MASSIVELY successful. I was 95% pain free immediately upon waking from surgery and have had to use minimal pain meds post op. I now have just the sever numbness and occassional pressure in my right leg where there used to be excruciating pain.
My problem is that I can't sleep right. If I lay flat on my back, I m actually pretty comfortable...until I wake up an hour or two after falling asleep (or sometimes I'll last all the way until morning), with MAJOR aches in my my back and hips. The pain goes away if I get up and move around a bit.
If I take my vicodin or oxy before bedtime, FORGET falling asleep EVER. It keeps me up either itching like a crack addict or with my mind racing a million miles an hour.
I haven't managed to get 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep for almost a month (two weeks of solid agony before surgery) and then the mid-night discomfort after surgery.
I have found propping lots of pillows under my back so I'm almost sitting up and then putting two pillows under my knees helps a bit as far as staying reasonably pain free all night but it's nearly impossible to fall asleep that way.
Are these new sleep issues/pain normal? Will it ever get back to me being able to lay down and sleep like I used to? I used to sleep on my side but I am afraid to roll around or toss and turn after the surgery.