I'm happy this forum has so many helpful members. 3 days after coming home from an L4-S1 ALIF, l had a bad day after a couple of good days. I walk around my 3 level apartment which unfortunately only has bathrooms on levels 1 and 3. Kitchen, dining and living rooms on level 2.
I suspected I overdid the stairs the day before leading to the day of worst pain. Having had a microdisc procedure before, I knew pain was part of the process, so I didn't take advice to go to ER (my wife called my surgeon 3 times that night with questions and he was not happy). I explained the layout of my place and he said I should be able to go up and down stairs at this point with no problem. He also said I was taking too much medication and cut me from 15mg of oxycodone to 10mg. I was also prescribed 10mg of oxycontin upon leaving the hospital with instructions to take 2 every 12 hours. I listened to the surgeon, reducing my meds, not limiting my trips on the stairs, and had another bad day.
My wife called him the following day and he asked for me. When I got on the phone, he blasted me for all the harassing calls my wife made the night before. I fired back (maybe because of the meds) that he should be ashamed for attacking a patient in pain over the phone and we haven't spoken since.
Can anyone in the Boston area give advice on how I might find a better doctor to follow up with? Should I switch doctors, or am I just whining? I'm not sure what to do, but have been trying to take it easy with the stairs since, though I still spend most of my time walking around level 2.
Sorry for the long post.