As a BRIEF background on myself, I'm 25 and have been dealing with constant back and leg pain for a year. I herniated 2 discs last year, and have not recovered since then. After multiple injections, medications, and tests, I continued to get worse and pick up new symptoms of leg numbness, pain, motor function loss. After my visit to 3 different surgeons, I found one brave enough to take the girl with the "too critical and too unique" case that others refused. My NS decided to start with a multilevel open discectomy and hemilaminectomy in order to relieve the spinal cord compression that was down to a mere 3mm around :-(
I went in and saw this man, and within a week I was having surgery. (He came in on his day off to do this surgery because of the pain I was in.) 11/26/10 I had the surgery. I did have a few complications during surgery. Due to some medication I had been on pre-surgery, my lungs were not strong enough to make it through the entire surgery. The surgeon chose the worst level (l5/s1) and then got out. From open to close I was in surgery for 3.5 hours...on one level! That is NOT including recovery room time! My lungs would not have made it another six hours!
I woke up in recovery with nurses pushing morphine, no morphine pump. I think my throat and lungs hurt worse than anything in my back. When I made it into my hospital room, I truly felt sore, but ok. I think I had a total of 6 morphine injections in my iv before I was discharged.
I felt all went well...less pain and numbess in my left leg, incision pain only in my back, and the worst thing for me was getting in and out of bed! Because I was doing so well, I was discharged earlier than expected, and have been at home since the 28th.
My back and left leg feel great, but I'm developing a new symptom that I was wondering if anyone knows if it is normal, or something serious. Pre-surgery I had NO right leg pain or numbness. Currently, i m having INTENSE right thigh pain that feels similar to nerve pain, but its on the top and outer part of my thigh. It is not electric, does not travel down my leg, but. It is deep and throbbing pain. My thigh is somewhat swollen, but is not red or hot. I cannot even rub my fingers over that part without feeling nauseous! Is that normal to have pain switch legs after surgery? Is it nerve pain? Or a possible blood clot? With the exception of this intense pain, getting in and out of bed, and the fatigue of surgery, I feel like a million bucks! Anyone experience anything like this?
Thanks for reading,