My lovely spiney friends!
I am 4 weeks post op from an ALIF, the first portion of my 360 and the second portion the PLIF was suppose to be in two days but it was cancelled due to severe anemia (I have another thread on this board talking about this that I posted today). Anyway, 3 days after d/c I was readmitted with complications, a seroma and a hematoma on my spine (have another thread on this board for that also, LOL). 7 day readmission then d/c home.
So i'm not sure if the readmission set me back or what but i'm feeling like I have hit a bit speed bump in the road. The past two days (been home a week now post second admission) i've been weak and not walking very much. TBH, I have not been able to walk much since the second admission, i'm just not feeling good. Probably related to my severe anemia but that isn't the issue here. I've also heard the old tale that for everyday you are in the hospital it takes 3 days to recover so that would mean 14 days hospital time = 42 days! OMG that is insane! I guess I should be more thankful about my PLIF being postponed/cancelled, LOL
I know I am still considered fresh post op and that pain is normal but i'm just worried i've done something to hurt the first fusion. Maybe all this normal, I don't know. My spine hurts at the level and below the level of surgery, L4-S1 ALIF and the pain seems to go all the way down my tail bone. Sometimes when I get up from sitting the pain is horrible and I try my hardest not to be up more than 20 minutes at a time which is one of my restrictions along with the no BLT rule. I wear my brace anytime i'm out of bed and when i'm reclining in a higher position in bed because I was scolded one day in the hospital and told my hospital bed head was up at a 90 degree angle and I didn't have my brace on so now i'm super cautious. I also have had a post op cough since my first surgery, today it's bad, but the internist isn't worried because i'm still on abx. Anyway, the coughing i'm sure isn't doing anything but aggravating things.
The past two days I feel i've really had a set back. I have been up because i've had to deal with my kids and maybe i've been up too much between the sitting to eat and walking around the house. I'm still dealing with the post op complication of numbness to my left thigh and surrounding area. They put me on Lyrica for that and it seems to be working okay, it has taken away the hot knife feeling I was having, but hasn't taken away much of the other nerve pain, i'm taking 100mg BID. I'm still taking my pain meds every 4-5 hours and stretch it if it's a good day but still try to medicate frequently because of the pain. The bad part is the past two days i'm not sure if i've built up a tolerance to the meds or what but the pain seems to be more persistent.
Right now i'm taking Dilaudid 2mg, Percocet 15 mg (I alternate the two q 4 hr) , Lyrica 100 mg BID, Keflex (for the seroma) and then of course the iron and colace. Also have Xanax prn and a muscle relaxer that I haven't been taking except when needed, Soma.
Maybe today is just a bad day and i'm feeling the wishy washy feelings that seem natural with this surgery. IDK but I thought i'd post and see what others who have been through this had to say on it
Everyone here is always so amazing, this forum is a blessing!
Also, curious to know if anyone has had any involuntary muscle twitching/movement post op. I never had any pre fusion but post fusion and a trial of gabapentin (they stopped it due to the twitching) it seems to persist. Sometimes my arm flies up or a finger or sometimes my muscles on one side of my body contract. It's really strange and my doctors are aware of it and don't seem concerned by it. I am though because it's new.
Call me a worry wort but I just don't know what to expect pain wise right now and when new things come up I wonder if reaching for a pillow is the culprit or not doing a perfect log roll in and out of bed or reaching to get a drink from my bedside table while in bed. So many concerns. I am diligent about wearing the brace though when up so I hope that has helped keep things where they should be.
I guess I just need a little support today to let me know if i'm still on the right track or not. I read stories here about people who just run, fly and jump through their first weeks and are off pain meds and it just seems remarkable considering how my recovery period has been blanketed with complications. I know we all have different experiences and not everyone has complications, I do see a lot of good that has come out of my surgery though because some of my pre-op pain is gone, which i'm so thankful for. I just need a little reassurance today I guess
Thanks and have a blessed day...
Sorry for making this so long...I have a tendency to be long winded, *sigh*.