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1 month post op lots of pain

GreyEagleGGreyEagle Posts: 350
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Lower Back Pain
I still am experiencing pretty severe right leg pain one month after surgery, I had a 5 lvl lumbar laminectomy to take pressure off nerve roots.

My surgeon did say it would take 3 to 4 months to see if my leg pain will go away entirely. Now I have more severe pain in my lower back than I did before surgery as well. At least there has been no infections and the site is healing.

My surgeon gave me 30 mg morphine and 15 mg oxycodone. Those are gone now and he will not refill. My PcP has me on 15 mg morphine and 7.5 mg oxycodone/tylenol for my chronic pain in both my arms and my right leg. This also helps my Fibromyalgia when it flare bad.



  • GreyEagle,

    Haven't had back surgery yet, but I understand pain. I can only let you know I will keep you in my thoughts and send positive energy your way!!! *HUGZ* I hope you start feeling better soon.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • My experience with surgery has been that the pain gets worse before it gets better. Especially when it involves the nerves.

    Is there any way that your PCP may up your meds for a short period of time? 5 levels is pretty significant and I would think that the surgeon would give you a little more time to heal before cutting you off.

    I hope that you find some relief soon.
  • Well, part of my problem is there are times I don't know if its my Fibromyalgia acting up or the nerve pain from my surgery or the nerve pain from my Spinal Disease, lol.

    For some reason my PcP thinks higher doses of morphine/Oxycodone will be more detrimental than helpful...so she keeps me on the lower doses of those and a pretty high dose of GAbapentin.
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