I had XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) surgery 19 days ago to repair scoliosis, which was caused from 20 years of degenerative disc disease. After reading for more than an hour, I have not seen where anyone else has had this. My problem is nerve pain, which hurts worse than the shingles I had two years ago. My upper thigh hurts, pain in the groin area, and around my incision. I was told he went through a nerve to perform the surgery, so this pain is normal.
I feel like I did not get proper dismissal instructions from the hospital or my doctor. I know I need to walk every day, but how much? I was told four days ago that I need to save the Percocet to be able to sleep at night, and learn to deal with the pain during the day, because my doctor will not give me any more pain meds before he sees he again, January 11, 2013. That is NOT going to happen. Neurontin and Valium don't seem to be doing any good.
Does anyone have any ideas? Has anyone else had this surgery and dealt with this same pain?