One week ago, I had disc replacement between L2 and L3, and also between L3 and L4. I have a cage and screws holding everything together. My surgery lasted about 4 1/2 hours. I had my surgery on Friday morning, went home on Sunday afternoon. I have experienced some pain that was bad at times, then other time, nothing. I am on percocet, and just today started prednisone. Most of the pain I am now experiencing is due to muscles on my back on either side of incision, and sciatic in the hip. I am not surprised, I do know all the trauma that nerves go thru with this surgery, and the way I now move to protect my incision causes some discomfort to my back muscles.
I am really bothered by the skin on my butt and top of thighs burning, but do not have a red rash, is it from laying down so much? What can I do to help that burning feeling? I am on a bone stimulator 2 hours every day to help the bone fuse. Overall, I am doing great. I used a walker/seat for one week, and now only use it if I need to go out, or because other chairs are too low. I have joined this site to see if what I am feeling is normal, and to help anyone else if I can. I havd this surgery due to 20 years of lower back pain, and slight scoliosis. When my back went out this time, it lasted four months and after my MRI, saw that their was no more disk, and vertebre was on top of vertebre, squashing my nerves. Right now, I feel I made the right decision.