Hi all. I'm now 12 days past my 360 (ALIF/PLIF) degree lumbar fusion on S1, L5 and L4 which went very well. Was in hospital for about 8 days total which was not bad. Was doing very well in hospital and then all of a sudden I started getting pain in my left lower back (pelvic bone) from where that took the bone graft, which I can understand, but since then the pain has gotten worse and migrated to my hip and my left leg. I have had 2 days where I have been in so much pain that I have been in tears. I'm on some good pain pills (contramal) and diclofenac as well as dafalgan (similar to tylenol) yes nothing seems to really help the pain. Anyone have any of these types of symptoms and can maybe shed some light?
It's difficult to walk now, extreme pain in hip and lying on that side is almost impossible. Also lying on my back with a pillow under my knees seems to be painful in my hip as well. It's a deep pain. I've explained it before as pain that I'd expect to have if I'd broken my hip. It's driving me mad.
Also in a side note - wondering if any guys out there have ever experienced an issue that I have been having with spontaneous and uncontrollable erections. I get them constantly (15 or more times a day) and when it's happening the whole area goes a bit numb so i don't even realise it until it's fully erect. Doctor said it's a nerve thing and they have prescribed valium, which does in fact work. I take one 5mg pill a day and it keeps it down for the majority of the day, except at night. Just wondering if anyone else had this issue and if it went away, and if so - how long did it take? I know most people wouldn't really complain about this, but its sort of inconvenient.
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