I am scheduled for a TLIF, feb13th (Happy Valentines Day:( ). I have had a previous surgery,,discectomy of L4,L5 7 years ago. recovered fine. I am scared of what is to come..I know I need this surgery, my pain is getting worse every day. I have tried to help around the house as much as i could, as i would feel guilty..my partner works very hard and I just want to do SOMETHING to contribute..Now, this am, I have raised the proverbial white flag, and am staying in bed. I am in constant pain. My calf pain is excruciating, as it goes from ache to full on throb. I cannot sleep. I use pillows, and positions to help, but nothing works. I am on Percocet 1 4x/day, Neurontin 400mg 4x/day. Wont increase my meds as it is same meds they will use post op. That is a crappy thought!! Now, I have searched and searched for anything on line about a 3 level TLIF, and I cant find anything..PLEASE if anyone has or knows anyone who has this surgery, let me know what happens.. Are the rods n screws all seperate, or connected. I am a mess. I have alot going on with 7 adults, and 2 babies in the house, and I feel a bit alone in my room with just scary thoughts.
Nancy J. Brewer-Pettit