I am new to the forum as far as posting but not as far as reading
I find this to be an awesome place for information and today I decided I needed some support/information.
I am 33yrs old and had grade 3 spondy with DDD. The nerves on each side were severely compressed causing lots of pain, numbness and tingling.
I had a TLIF L4-S1 TLIF on Feb 22. I spent 5 days in the hospital due to uncontrollable pain. I came home and was doing very well up until this past week. I have been having HORRIBLE nerve pain in my legs. My right leg is the worst even though when I went into surgery my left leg was going numb and having tingling. Both legs are on fire, have varying degrees of numbness and I cannot get comfortable at all as they are driving me crazy with the horrible feelings. Today I am just in tears and struggling with the pain in my legs. It is the worst it has been.
I had been to my neurosurgeon a little over a week ago and all the xrays look great and the incision besides a stitch(which was fine at that time) poking out. At that time I was having some nerve issues so he increase my Gabapentin.
I am currently on taking MS Contin (just reduced to PM only last week) Oxycondone 5mg/4x's a day, valium 5mg/3x's a day, zanaflex 4mg/3x's a day, 900mg of Gabapentin/2 x's a day and 1000mg Tylenol/3x's a day. I know I am on a ton of medication but that nerve pain is making me crazy. Neurosurgeon had just raised the Gabapentin to the new dose two days ago but I feel nothing more from that.
Anyone experience this? Please tell me this goes away? Is there ANYTHING you can recommend to stop this horrible, horrible nerve pain? I can't take a bath yet due to a stitch that is poking out and the incision is not closed yet.
I ended up taking an extra Oxycondone this afternoon and an extra dose of tylenol. I don't know what else to do. Please offer any suggestions of anything that might work for you.
Sorry for the long first post