3 months post op from my laminectomy on December 14, 2010 and still in pain. Lower back, both legs and feet. Sitting straight up in a chair for too long (like an hour)not good. Standing from sitting is rough, or standing over 5 minutes is a no no. walking is better once I get going, can't sleep on my right side due to fairly severe pain in my right hip when laying on it. Sleeping on my back causes arm and hand numbness but it is tolerable sometimes. Sleeping on my right side is ok.
I have been severely fatigued for a long while now, also hot flashes and then chills to my core , this has been a continuous cycle for sometime. I just found out this week that I have low T, my testosterone is at 200, normal is 309 to 800 roughly, free Testosterone is 32, normal 47-244 and so on. I also found out that my thyroid is pooping out as well. They showed me a graph of my thyroid test for the last 10 years and this last one just spiked way up. So now I've added a pill for thyroid and a gel for testosterone replacement. I tell you all this in case someone knows about these things and can comment. I hope and pray it is responsible for my severe fatigue, weight gain and inability to regulate my body temp. and that these meds fixed that stuff.
My upper spine surgery from last August 2010 ACDF seems to be a sucess story, although no one has checked yet to see if the discs in fact fused. When do thay usually do that?
I have been on 100mgs of Oxycodone up until a month ago when I decided that my fatigue was so bad that I chose to deop it to 65mg (I did inform my doctor of course). I have managed to stay at that level with really not much more discomfort. Thet'd like to see me go down more and I've tried several times but the pain won't go along. If this doesn't get better we're going to have to try something else.
Thank you all again for your support through my very fearful and difficult times. God Bless Al