Hi I'm new here. Looks like a great forum.
I need advice and encouragement if anyone can. Here's my story:
About 12 years ago I had cervical fusion of c4-7 (I think it was 4-7). It was hard, it was painful but I coped and 12 years later still have neck pain but nothing even close to the pain I have now ....
On Feb 8, 2012 I had a "Laminectomy and spinal decompression of L3-5 and S1" (what my chart said) and the pain - four months later - is driving me crazy. For a while it seemed to get better (until about the beginning of May) but I'm not doing great at all now. Most of the pain seems to be "muscular" (like a hot burning sensation in the lower back) and the legs -- especially the right leg -- is really painful all the time; especially walking.
I'm on Tramacet (Tramadol in the US I believe) 3 times per day and the Neurosurgeon tells me this pain is perfectly normal. I've had major abdominal and spinal surgery before so I'm no stranger to pain but this is so hard.
I'm also diabetic. Was on insulin prior to the op but changed diet big time and mange OK now on tablets. Sugar is pretty well managed except for hypoglycemia in the mornings.
Is it supposed to be this painful post op? And for how long?