I had multi-level spinal fusion on March 23, so about 2.5 weeks ago. I know it is very early in the process, but I'm totally confused about the pain I'm experiencing.
Before the surgery, lying down was my biggest problem. So much so I couldn't sleep. Walking and sitting was not a huge problem for me, although I had to be careful of bending/twisting.
Now, post-surgery, I can for the first time in YEARS lie down in comfort. I am just so grateful that I can actually sleep again, although it has taken me a while to get used to sleeping more than just a few hours at a time. I slept for 6 hours straight last night, first time in 10 years probably, and that is just a miracle for me.
BUT, and this is where I'm confused. walking is proving to be very difficult ... sort of. I start out ok, it is tiring but I can do it, and then I will step slightly differently or the sidewalk will angle funny and it is like someone jabs me in the back with a knife. It only lasts a couple seconds, and then goes away. Sometimes I yell out it is so surprising and painful.
From that first jab it gets worse and worse until I get home and lie down. Even sitting can be agony at this point, like all my muscles clench. After I lie down for an hour or so the whole thing seems to subside and I'm back to "normal" again, relatively pain free.
My question is ... what sort of medication would be best to help with this? I currently am on Dilaudid (4mg every 3 hours as needed) and Valium. The Dilaudid doesn't really seem to help with this, as it is so sudden and intense, I think the Valium helps more but puts me to sleep pretty bad.
I know everyone is different, but I see my doctor in two days and I was wondering if anyone had a similar type of pain and was prescribed something that helped with this really effectively?