Hi, I just had a lower back fusion at L4/L5S1. My spine was so damaged that I had rods, pedicle screws, bone fillers, bone graft, and a fusion. i also had and still do have extensive nerve damage. I have a conglomeration of things wrong with my neck and spine as well. The surgery was on Aug 7-2013 and it was the most painful operation that I have ever experienced. The anesthesia group refused to give me my normal meds which were far stronger than the drip they provided. i screamed for two days. i wanted to die. Finally-my GP came to see me in the hospital and he immediately changed my pain meds. i figure they all thought I was a drug seeker which is not true. i hate these darn pills with a passion. I lost my trusted orthopedic surgeon due to a conflict caused by a female who works at the practice. I was given the shaft over her lies. I still have no idea what I was supposed to have done. He knew my medical conditions inside and out; however, the office boy there just kicked me out without me ever being given a chance to find out what I did. No- I will not sue. The kind Dr saved my life and it was not his fault. I went three months without treatment and finally found a qualified surgeon to treat my vast conditions. I only saw the Dr one time- and he knew I had to have surgery. all of the other treatments had failed. I made the decision to have the surgery because I am hopeful I can reduce these meds and the pressure and pain won't be as severe. I am a very active 46 year old female who walks at least 15 miles per week, uses light weights, and laugh if you will- but an Ab Coaster to strengthen my core. The Ab Coaster worked too because the Dr said for someone to have such bad injuries to their spine- I had the strongest muscle mass of any female he has operated on. Basically, the muscles were holding the spine together. when he cut- parts of my spine broke into pieces. I have disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, Schuurmans Disease, osteoarthritis, and have had two cervical disc replacements. My problem is that I am having intense pain on the right side of my right knee. My Ortho thinks I have a torn meniscus as well as bone fragments. I will see him again on the 29th. . I was under for almost six hours and I am going from freezing to death to burning up. I had two blood transfusions while undergoing surgery. My feet and legs have numbness and the Doc says he doesn't know if this will ever go away. I do not have a fever. I am able to walk well despite the knee. My problem is that I just can not get comfortable. I have slept on my sides for over a week now and am very sore. The knee pain is worse while I am laying down. My appetite is poor but I am drinking as much water and other non-alcoholic beverages as I can stand. I feel sure that I will be able to return to my normal routine of exercise; however, this knee pain is keeping me awake and basically driving me crazy. I have been in a strictly controlled pain management facility for two years. The meds are not touching this knee pain. I have used ice, heat, bio freeze and pillows. Does anyone have any idea what I can do to calm this knee down? I can't take a soaking bath yet due to my wounds and stitches. I am open for any suggestions. Thanks.