I am 10 days post-op from an open discectomy/laminectomy on L4, L5. My pain increased signifiicantly yesterday and I had to return to the medication schedule I had right after surgery. I am back taking Oxycodone and flexeril every 4 hours.
When the surgeon came in to see me the day after surgery, he said that my pain would increase greatly about seven days post-op and that this increased pain could last up to 10 days .He said that this was due to the nerves awakening and starting to heal. I can say that this new pain is more of a muscle spasm, but very intense. Getting up from bed is the worst, followed by sitting and rising to a standing position .My numbness of the back of the thigh and the ball of my foot remains the same as before this new pain level.
Has anyone experienced this pain increase, and has anyone else's surgeon advised them that this would happen?
I am discouraged and afraid that I am moving in the wrong direction. Thank-you