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hello I have never posted anything online in any forum area in my life I don't know this is in the right place so apologies in advance.BACKROUND HISTORY I am 6 weeks post op after a 4th back surgery within 20 years .I am 46 years old the first three surgeries occurred from 1991 through 1998 all three separate surgeries were dicectomies ,since then ive been suffering intermittent leg pain with accompanying lumbar pain this led to total weakness and limping o 6n right leg also lots of pain and right foot numb.after a long search for a great local surgeon I finally made the appointment and set the date during the six-day hospital stay complications happened and
pain control was not being successful. this was due to the fact of the large amounts of pain medication I was being a custom to over the past few years on a daily basis.
((I was on 300 milligrams extended release morphine per day and 240 milligrams of oxy codone per day and 800 mg motrin per day.)) now 6 months post op I have returned to very light duty actually doing nothing at my work except walking around a little bit still experiencing lumbar pain some occasional leg pain mixed withfoot numbness and leg and foot weakness. Surgeon and insists these should improve within one year or so. I'm having trouble dealing with it .it's been a very rough 6 weeks. per my pain control doctor I'm working with we will be tapering down the medication next month the morphine has been discontinued now just using the oxycodone and ibuprofen. So I'm curious to find out from other people with similar situations and experiences how long it took for your weakness and residual nerve pain to start to greatly improve ,and how it was weaning medication from the large amounts. I would like to hear from anyone. My email is....generaljoe67@verizon.net


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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