As you may know I had my laminectomy L-4 to S-1 two weeks ago on the 14th. You also may know that after coming home from the hospital for 2 days the pain in my lower back right side of spine, right butt, and right leg to foot became unbearable. I couldn't sit or stand, or walk, or roll over in bed without crying out in pain. I was tasken back to my surgery hospital via ambulance where I was shot up with a great deal of pain meds which helped only because I was barely awake at that point. Finally after running some tests (which I don't recall) the doctor started me on steroids even though I don't do well with most steroids due to my PTSD and major depression. I started to improve a great deal with pain and movement in the first 24 hours and I was in for 3 days on IV steroids.
He told me that since the steroids worked it indicated inflamation of the nerve on the right side and dowm my right leg.
Now I am 2 weeks out and the pain in the right side and leg returned to a lesser, but still chronic degree and I take more pain meds then I ever have in the last 3 years. I still have pain and trouble standing up, sitting down, sleeping, and walking. Don't get me wrong it's like heaven compared to what it was before I went back to the hospital. I did have a very bad mental reaction to the steroids after coming home but that finally past after being home for a few days.
What is troubling besides the high doses of pain meds I am prescribed and that I do take which i feel like I'm losing myself in is the fact that I did the surgery to relieve long term lower back pain with left leg pain as well as functioning issues. Left leg seems to be a sucess except it's like we swapped legs.
I know I've laid out a lot of bare facts and history and what I am hoping for is feedback on my situation as well as opinions, or shared experiences they may fit what I am going through. I though the right leg got cured from those damn steroids, but as I said it's back and I feel it's not leaving. So now I'm left with pain I can manage with a lot of pain medicines which I know have changed me in subtle ways and reduced my quality of life in some areas while they perform a needed job, Pain Relief.
Sorry to say so much but I'm just not sure what I'm going to do, what my next move will be (if any) and what will happen when they will surely reduce the pain pills and I will still be stuck where I am now.
Please give me anything you can and as much information or your opinions as possible. Happy New Year to you all and God Bless you my friends and supporters. Thanks again all