I had l5-s1 surgery on Dec 20th 2012
I was on 3 X 40mgs of oxicontin + 10/325 of Percocet as needed for breakthrough pain. After the first month I was wiened off the oxicontin, very hard and quite miserable to say the least. In the first month there was no pain and by the end of the month I was walking a mile and a half every day. By the 3rd month I was lightly excercising( no bending or twisting at the waist) . I have been virtually pain free by this time. I was givin the green light to take on more activity. Vacuuming, general cleaning , yard work etc. still no bending or twisting at the waist. I start hiking a 2 1/2 mile loop 4-5 times a week. By the 4th month I started larger tasks: heavier yard work, light construction , and auto repairs. Isn't it funny that nothing breaks down when one is healthy, but as soon I get laid up or incapacitated the cars erupt w/ multiple problem. Anyway, now I'm 1 week shy of my 5th month post op and I'm doing some yard work and cleaning up outside and I'm struck with a few sharp pains. I stop relax, and wait patiently with an ice bag until medication time.Oh by the way , I was taking 80 mgs of oxicodone after I was taken off the Oxicontin . I waited a few hours, after my next fix, and proceeded to finish my yard work. No problems after that. Later that evening 11pm I felt a sharp pain at the surgery site. Still, no big deal I woke up the next morning and my back was in a deep dull pain. I didn't do much the next 2 days and the lightning pain struck my hamstrings. I call my NS. He put me on a methyl pal and it seemed to help. The following day my nerve pain had reached my calf and pain level from my low back to my calfs wer reaching a 5-6 level. I called the Dr. I was put on neurontin 3 X a day. Seemed to do nothing. All the while still taking 80 mg of Percocet . Now it's not killing the pain anymore. The following day the pain and nerve lightning had surrounded my lower extremeties and it felt like fire in my toes. It feels worse no then before I had the surgery. Oh shit!!!
My NS put me back on 2 X 40 mg if oxicontin and the pain has greatly reduced to a pain level of 1-2 . I know now why my friends that had had similar surgerys kept telling me I'm over doing it. It's a huge setback and a great lesson learned . Please don't make the mistakes that I have made!! You gotta take it slow even if all signs lead to GO!! I'm now going to be very careful from here out. I had a MRI yesterday and thank GOD I didn't screw anything up. I just have to give time, time and do as I'm told. " John Wayne has left the building"
For you younger folks, John Wayne was Bad Ass stud!! Old time tuff guy.
Good luck and God Bless you to a healthy recovery