I am a 27 year old mother of one, pending laminectomy/diskectomy at L4/5 on Monday, June 11. I am including a photo of my MRI...
I know that no one can give me medical advise, but I am hoping it is ok to ask "What would you do if it were you?" If not, please let me know and I will edit my post. I'm not thinking too straight at this moment... :sick:
My MRI was done on 4/17/12. Since then I have seen two orthopedic spine surgeons, who both told me that surgery is my only options. My diagnoses are in my siggy. I have been tolerating relatively well until the last couple days. My current medications are:
1-2 Norco 10/325 every 4-6 hours
300 mg Neurontin three times daily
10 mg ambien PRN sleep
On 6/4 - I was in worse pain than I have had, but it would still at least "calm down" for 2-3 hours after my norco dose. Had a rough night with my 15 month old son (cutting his 15th tooth) so I had maybe 4-5 hours of broken sleep.
Yesterday, My pain was not even touched by the Norco, even taking 2 every 4-6 hours. I was staying around a 7 on the pain scale. Did my pre-op bloodwork and testing, and the nurse about had a heart attack when I showed her the MRI photo. My BP shot up to 158/108 while I was in her office, which she and the anesthesiologist have attributed to anxiety and pain level. When I got home, I went straight to bed, leaving my husband to tend to our son completely by himself. Tore my heart to pieces to not be able to put my son to bed. Took an ambien and still only got 4-5 hours of broken sleep.
Today, I was training my temp for my surgery leave. I took first dose of Norco (2) at 9:30 right after I arrived at work. The pain just continued to intensify. I have been in tears for most of the day, and am beginning to have the constant "pins and needles" in my left foot/calf, which will not go away no matter what I do. At one point my foot went completely numb (only felt pressure) for approximately five minutes. After this I have been having a "shocking" feeling in addition to the pins and needles throughout my left leg. I have been religiously taking 2 Norco every 4 hours, and am due for my next dose at 9:30. My pain was so severe around 6:45 that my husband recommended I take an additional Norco to try to dull the pain. I know this is NOT usually a good idea, but I am desperate for at least a little relief, as it has kept me in tears constantly for the last few days. I have now resorted to using a cane as I cannot put much weight on my left leg.
My main question - if you were in my situation, would you consider going to the ER for the shocks/total numbness (short term) of my left leg, as I am already scheduled for surgery on Monday morning? Or would you just try to hold out till Monday as long as the total numbness only lasts a few moments? I appreciate anyone sharing what they would do in my situation. Again, if I have violated any forum rules in my post, please let me know and I will edit the offending text.
After taking the additional Norco 10/325, I have managed to get my pain level down to around 7 now, where I have been around 8.5-9 most of the day.
**Disclaimer** My physician has directed me to take the Norco as needed, as long as I do not exceed 10 pills in a 24 hour period.