I am currently 13 days post op from having interbody fixation and PLIF fusion of the L4 L5. I'll try to make this as short as possible. I am not a person who likes taking pain medicine at all, and I was completely out of it during the days I was in the hospital. They had me on oxycodone (3 tablets) every 3 hours, Oxycontin (1 tablet) every 12 hours, and IV Morphine every time I turned around. About a week after I got home, I decreased my medicine to just 1 Oxycodone every 4 hrs and 1 Oxycontin at night to help me sleep through the night. Now my pain is so bad that I could just cry myself to sleep at night. And the worst part is that none of the pain medicine seems to touch the nerve pain that I have in my left butt cheek going down to my knee. This pain seems to be better in the mornings, but by night time is unbearable, and I am at the point that I just don't know where to turn. I thought I was supposed to be up and walking around a half mile or so a day! This was my 3rd surgery in less than a year, and I am to the point of just giving up. And to top things off, we have 3 dogs (2 of which are still puppies) to take care of. My hubby leaves for work at 4:30 am, which leaves me to care for the babies, and myself. If there is any advice that anybody could give me, it would me SO MUCH appreciated.
Thank you for listening,