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anaesthetic remaining after surgery??

MeeshaMMeesha Posts: 55
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I've read several times on here, that pain 2 weeks after a discotomy is because anaesthetic was put there that was meant to last 2 weeks. However, I find that really hard to believe - that would have to be some strong drug put in you to last that long!

I was freaking out that it would be the same for me, but when I went for surg, they said it would only last 8-10 hours, and then I'd need painkillers. Well, it's been 1 week, and I hardly took any painkillers. I really hope I don't have some kind of residual pain starting in the next few weeks. Especially since I seem to have misplaced my Percocets! I'd like to hope that I just keep getting better. I see my dr next week, so I'll ask him about that. We'll see how things go.
discectomy in June 2010 - success! No sciatic pain, just some remaining numbness in foot. And I get charlie horses a lot.


  • I'm not sure if it is the meds or that we tend to get more active but there will come a day around 2-3 weeks when you will say CRAP what happened. It goes away quickly often with just some OTC meds and rest. Maybe a heating pad for a day.

  • Not sure about your question. I guess I've heard people say that but not sure.

    From my experience (I had a microdiscectomy on L5-S1 and then a revision Microdiscectomy through same scar)

    First surgery...I would say I took pain killers and muscle relaxers in limited doses. I will tell you that I felt like someone hit me across the lower back with a 2X4 (or even bigger). Even my husband told me my back looked quite swollen. Oddly at 2 weeks I didn't need the meds anymore. I also increased my activity too much and wasn't careful enough about the no bending or twisting thing.

    Second surgery...I would have thought would hurt just as much if not more b/c they were re-opening an incision. They did do special nerve monitoring on me which I am told helps with recovery. I really didn't take any meds after the surgery (I was puking and just didn't want to). I think they gave me one dose of something through the IV and that was it. I didn't take anything and really didn't hurt. I took a percoset for the ride home but aside from that I might have taken one pill a day tops just to be safe at bed time.

    So....I wouldn't worry that you'll get pain. Neither of my experiences would support the theory you are thinking might happen.

    I would be cautious on the restrictions you've been given. Even if you feel good, follow doctor's orders.
  • I don't no if i just over did it or what. got up in the morning and felt like i had been hit by a truck . i had been off all meds from 2 days after and walking 2 miles a day (not all at once)
    just take it slow do what your doc say and no mater what any one say when they cut into you 3 or 4" deep its a big deal to your body .
    some times they flood the area with steroids or something like that before closing up the hole my surg told me it would wear off in a week or two .
    after taking meds for 2 or 3 days i was back walking and doing my after spiney routine for the next couple months.
  • very little pain after my micro-d, but unfortunately, that procedure didn't last that long. I was fine for about 6 months, then the pain came back and my right leg began to buckle when I was walking. I hope you have lasting pain relief.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Depends on what they gave you. Drugs that are used like in ESI shots. Kenalog for example. The ESI uses a "depot drug". They are extremely slow release and last a long time.

    After a micro-D I slowly felt better over a 2 week period. Then also had a dip in the recovery. Then a week later started to get better. My surgeon told me that was typical. Never mentioned meds from surgery as the reason.
  • Thanks for your comments. Isteller did you reherniate - is that why your leg pain returned?
    discectomy in June 2010 - success! No sciatic pain, just some remaining numbness in foot. And I get charlie horses a lot.
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