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Help with pain control after laminotomy, discectomy, foraminotomy

Hi. Do other people have a lots of trouble getting pain under control after surgery? I had terrible sciatic nerve pain before surgery and that is slowly getting better but the new pain caused by surgery and the effort to reduce it has been difficult. This new bone pain created by surgery is also slowly getting better but after 4 weeks of it I am really tired. My docs sent me home form the hospital with 17 days of excruciating new bone pain (I expected incision pain) with Vicodin and Tylenol. These were ineffective and when I called my surgeon's team for help they said it wasn't possible--it is rare to have a negative reaction to surgery. They made me try something I knew would cause problems but I was desperate but I had to stop it due to migraine and chest pain. I cannot take a host of drugs usually prescribed for nerve, bone, & muscle pain. Saw my GP and finally got some help with correct dose of Vicodin, low dose of Valium and Celebrex. I have been sleeping more than 4 1/2 hours since then and with less pain at night. Although I have to wake up to take meds at night, the pain level is less so that I can sleep. However, after 17 days of sleep deprivation, I feel exhausted all the time. I tried to go back to work part time from home for a couple hours but it is painful and draining. I have now developed edema in my feet and calves and had an ultrasound to rule out DVT at my 4-week post op. appointment. I can now walk more but I am exhausted all the time a month after surgery and only sleeping better for 2 weeks. Does anyone have any ideas about either drug or non-drug modalities to help with bone pain, exhaustion, and edema? I am walking more, drinking cranberry juice, elevating legs, taking naps, etc. I am not allowed to do PT for another month due to the injury to my nerve and the enormity of my extruded disc. I can't take most NSAIDS, anti-convulsants, anti-depressants, psychoactive drugs, etc. I am scared of being on Valium and Vicodin too long but the pain is bad. Has anyone else experienced problems like these? What helps drug-sensitive weirdos like us? Thanks for any ideas.


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 11/03/2012 - 8:10 PM
    Since you say that you have so many drug sensitivities, you need to discuss options with your doctor. He will know best what medications you have true reactions to, and which ones are just side effect of the medications which most likely will disappear over time after being on the medication in question for a period of time; All medications have side effects, most of which disappear after a week or more on the particular medication. Unless you have an allergy to an ingredient in the medication, most doctors want the patient to give a new medication up to two weeks to see if the medication will work or not.
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