First off let me say from the first time I posted on SH in Feb of 2011 until now just flew by and now I'm just beginning the recovery stage. And so I don't have to post and repost this message a million times to every person who dedicated their valuable time, I also wanted to thsnk each and every member who supplied information, support, prayers and even those who have become members and posted information for me to read, learn,and use in my own context whether I had direct communication with or not. The information was invaluable.
I was released from one of the top spine surgery hospitals in the state a week ago tomorrow and have been too weak and not finding comfort in anyway that i sit, which is the reason for the lack of any earlier updates on my outcome. I had a 2 level (L4-S1) PLIF on fri 10/21/11 including a bilateral laminectomy and decompression with 6 screws, rods, cages and bone harvested from the lami. I did plenty of walking in the hospital and was sent home after 3 nights and 4 days inpatient . I was sent home with a shiny new walker, a toilet seat riser, an orthofix bone growth stimulator which im supposed to wear for 4 hrs per day, my back brace, and my scripts which consisted of valium and Norco 10 which is about the same as vicodin. The norco doesnt work worth a darn and im still in immense pain and im wondering if i should request a refill or at least a refill of something a little stronger. Its difficult to sleep ang to get comfortable however i sit or lie down. Also by my second day home i was getting some brutal deep pain/throbbing in my legs. My surgeon called me in a prescription for a 6 day steroidal medidose pack,for pain that was 100x times worse than restless leg syndrome. Thank god it worked because i was literally miserable and didnt sleep for 2 full days and nights.
I'm otherwise doing great and think the surgery will be a great success. My rigerous walking regimen will begin in a couple days but i think ill need a refill on my scripts. How long do surgeons generally allow you to be on the narcotics after a PLIF and do you think he would give me something stronger as I dont want to fall back on my recovery due to the discomfort.
I want to thank everyone again for their tips and wealth of info leading up to my procedure. God bles to all of those who are recovering or are looking at surgery soon. Let me be honest, its no fun, but if its worth getting your active lifestyle back or just simply the relief, its well worth the pain of surgery.
And as far as the list of needed post op items youll need when getting home, they are worth every dollar you spend, especially the $10.00 grabber you can buy at wlmart or at a pharmacy. I also got a cane to make maneuvering a little easier once the walker became a little more than what you need once you you begin walking with a little more control.
Thanks to this great SH community and will report back as my recovery time moves on.