Greetings Everyone! Not new 2 the board, been an avid reader since I found out in December 2010 that I would be having a lumbar laminectomy and spinal fusion (PLIF) L5-S1. In November 2009 was hit by a drunk driver which through an MRI it was discovered that I had ruptured my disc causing terrible pain in right side of my lower back. Went through many of the same things many of you have; the physical therapy, pain management clinic, epidural injections and of course the extremely painful discogram. After viewing of this info and deciding my quality of life would suck if my pain levels were continuously hovering betweeen a 7 and 9 even with narc and other meds, my orthropedic surgeon decided to perform the surgery. About 6 weeks before surgery, pain had spread to my right buttock, down into my right leg and into my foot; my left leg was also beginning to show signs of pain and discomfort. Had my surgery on Monday,January 10th of this year. When I woke up, pain in my back and legs was completely gone. By Tuesday, I was up and walking around. But on Wednesday morning, had horrifc pain and weakness in left leg; I could not walk or stand on it at all. My surgeon ordered a CAT scan and believed that one of the screws may have been too close to or pressing on one of the nerves. So on Thursday afternoon, I went back to the operating room so he could reposition the trajectory of one of the screws. When I woke up this time my surgical pain was 10 times worse than the first time; I just cried most of the night even with max drugs they could give me. The next day, praise God the pain in my leg was gone. Was finally able to go home after being in the hospital 4 six days. Here's my concern. I have so little energy, can only stay up 3 hours max before I have to get in bed and sleep awhile. I have also developed pain and weakness in my legs again, more intense in my right, but not nearly as bad as pre-surgery, but enough 2 keep me awake and uncomfortable (as if anything about this entire experience could ever be classified as comfortable, right?) I also use my cane walk as much as I can everyday, but again it tires me out Can usually take a Percocet and a nerve drug and I'm o.k. for awhile. I know I'm only a couple of weeks out, so just want to know/hear from your personal experiences if this is something you have dealt with. Does this sound normal? Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Apologize for the lengthy post, but wanted to provide as much info as possible that might help you all understand what I'm experiencing. Thanks for reading and for any thoughts, ideas, and advice.
Gail N the D