Hi all. I'd try posting pictures but I haven't figured that out yet. I'm 35 yo male. I'm strong otherwise. I'm on testosterone supplement due to Year's of pain meds from this issue. Waking from surgery the main pain feels like it was gone. Right when I woke up from surgery I knew it . Besides the absolute severe rib and surgical pain.. so every day I been pushing my limits of what I'm not suppose to do. I am bending and twisting and lifting. Nothing major and nothing I think would hurt me . My fusion is in the middle of my rib cage so it's hard to twist this area anyway. I squat down to pick up stuff I drop. I help my son with his new Christmas toys. I put a couple socks on but I realize that this is something I should not do myself. So I have not. Right now in the morning I feel pretty good in my upper back. Every few hrs I feel like I should sit but I like to tinker and work on stuff. I have o.c d undiagnosed so I like to stay active. I will lay down mid day like on Christmas day after waking early. Going to in laws for ham and gifts. Or helping wife (more like watching) wife take down Christmas lights. She was on ladder I was winding up the lights.
So today I still feel the incision pain from the scar and where the spread my ribs appart when I touch it. My stomach to my left side is numb from cutting incision.
I get a lot of ccramps under my shoulder blades where before I used to get severe pain from my herniation. But now I think it's from my weak core and just weak muscle.
I can feel a smidgen of pain where the screws and plate are (I think) but I can't really tell. I hope so bad I'm doing well. It's just been so long. .. so at night I do have pain but it's from my left side and a bit from the spine. Is this normal? The spine pain is nothing like before.
I am still on the same amount of pain meds as before but my pain dr. Expects me to be on them for about 3 more months. The rib pain is no joke right now . Just really want to see what others think. It's gonna be a real challenge to ween of 13 years of opioid use. I did 140 mg. Of oxycontin to 6 percocet in one day with a few sweaty days because some lame dr. Said my pain was in my head and I needed to start yoga and ween off. About a year ago. I can't wait to feed him some shoe
Thank you all
Praise be to God!
Multi level partial laminectomy at age 19. L5s1 L4 L3. Thoracic pain started in 2001 found herniation in t8 and t9 in 2011 multi level thoracic fusion Dec 4 2013, Los fusion near future. And other thoracic pain.......