I am now 20 days post op from a two level lumbar discectomy/decompression. I know that I am still early out, and trying to judge my recovery in weeks and not days, but I also feel that I am judging it pre and post surgery.
I had my post op exam with my surgeon on Friday, and explained how I have been feeling(increased pain, spasms,numbness) He has now upped my long and short acting meds as well as adding valium.
I was so hoping to taper down on my meds after surgery (except of course immediately post op) Instead, I am now taking even more meds than before surgery. Have any of you had to do this a few weeks after surgery? Did it eventually taper down again as the weeks, months went on? I don't expect to ever be totally off meds as I have other issues with my back, but didn't want to need more (that is one of the things I thought surgery would help with.)
Anyone else have similiar experiences?
Hope you are all having a low pain day today!
>:D< >:-D< : Karen
L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
adr L5-S1 Feb 2012