Pain after L4/L5 laminectomy, discectomy & cauda equina decompression
I am a 23 year old female, who due to a fall 3 years ago injured my back severely. It got progressively worse, settled for a while then 6 months ago came back with a vengeance. I had an mri which showed 3 slipped discs, protruding so badly into my spinal canal i had approx 5% nerve function remaining. I was told due to cauda equina syndrome one more fall/slip/violent sneeze & i would have no control over anything from the waist down. So here i am today 3 weeks 2 days post lami/discectomy/decompression. And i was feeling FANTASTIC with no pain except from the muscles & incision site, until 2 days ago. I woke up with a dull ache on the right side of my back, that hurts with movement such as getting up & lying down... Since my surgery ive done nothing but rest & try to stay patient! But i am absolutely terrified that i may have twisted in my sleep & caused some sort of injury!!! Currently im taking oxycontin SR 5mg (just been changed from
10mg by gp) as well as oxycodone 5mg every 4 hrs as required & meloxicam (anti inflammatory).
If anyone out there has any words of advice or similar stories please tell me! Im facing another sleepless night because of the pain in my right side & i think mentally its more tolling on me than physically!
Thankyou in advance!!!