I'm in a tough spot. I've already had 2 discectomies in the past 2 years. I've been in and out of pain. Right now I am on my last month's worth of Fentanyl patch's. I decided that I didn't want to take pain meds for a while even though the patches worked fantastic. My NS at Albany MED is recommending a 360 in one sitting (as he calls it) for l4/l5-l5/s1. Right now coming of the patches, I can feel the pain building back. I know whats going to happen once the patches are gone. I am terrified to have this surgery. I have 2 children, both boys. Ages 4 and 2. My wife isn't the most supportive person and I do most of the work with the kids. I am mainly afraid of the post op pain and the time it takes to get back on my feet. I guess my questions are this:
1) if you have had a double level 360 lumbar fusion, How awful was the pain post op? Is it managed well with IV meds?
2) How long until I am back up and walking?
3) Will I need a walker or crutches? I used a cane after my first 2 surgeries.
4) I am deathly afraid of what my NS said his patients go home with...... Tylenol #4... Hell Im on stronger now!
Please help me. I don't want to live in pain like this and i'm sick of masking it with powerful pain meds. He said my L5/s1 would just fuse on its own eventually but honestly, i don't think I want to sit around and wait it out. I have DDD, herniated l4/l5 and a totally degenerated black disc at l5/s1. I don't know what to do.