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1st follow up with PM

staceysstacey Posts: 99
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey guys! I had my first follow up with my PM since my surgery. I'm 5 weeks and 3 days post op PLIF. I would have seen him much sooner, but he was on vacation. My surgeon, up until this point, has been handling my meds.

Everything overall is OK. Still have an opening at the top of my incision and now have a lump (for lack of a better word) right above that. He told me that it could be the discs directly above that that's causing the lump. We all know that those areas above and below have to compensate for the fused or fusing discs. I'm cool with that, as long as it's not the infection causing it. He just told me to ice the area if it becomes too bothersome. It tends to only irritate me in the evenings.

He pretty much kept all of my meds the same, with one minor adjustment. He upped my Percocet and told me to use the hydrocodone in between if I needed to. I just have to monitor the amount of acetominophen I'm ingesting daily. I've been on the hydrocodone for so long as my primary pain reliever that it was time for a switch. We shall see.

All in all, I'm feeling OK. Starting to have some pain in my right posterior thigh down to behind the knee. That just started 2 days ago. Feels like nerve pain and hopefully it won't stick around too long. It's still not near as bad as before surgery.

You all have a wonderful day :) !!!

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