I am new here and this is my first back surgery. In March I had a rupture at the L5/S1 level. This caused significant pain in my left leg and lower back. I did weeks of physical therapy and steroid injections but the nerve and back pain did not resolve.
I am now 10 days post surgery and I no longer have the nerve pain, just moderate numbness down to my left toes. The Surgeon said that may take a year to heal. At least I am no longer having the leg pain!
My surgeon said I had a large "chunk" and several areas of debris around the nerve root but the nerve did not appear to be damaged. However, due to the significant amount of work he had to do, my recovery would be a long one.
Since I am now 10 days out, I am concerned that I am still requiring narcs about every 4 hours. (one Percocet) and at times I have to take one every 2. Above my incision I have a small apple sized lump. The surgeons RN said that this was bunched up muscles. Whatever it is, it is causing the majority of my pain!
How have others felt 10 days post op, and has anyone else having to still take narcs? I feel like I am the only one that isn't off meds and at the gym!
Comments would be so very much appreciated!