Original post: Going in to hospital tmw for fusion and I'm sooo scared of the anesthesia and pain meds. I think I'll pass out before I go in!! Ugh. Any words of advice?
I had to repost this one and edit it because it was not letting me post a new thread. ANYway, before the surgery (posterior fusion L3/4 and extensive laminectomy to remove a ton of extra bone and scar tissue) I had pain and numbness on the left side only while sitting, but no weakness. I could climb stairs and walk pretty well. Now, I have leg pain even while sitting or lying down, and I cannot go up or down stairs using both legs. I do stairs like a toddler, one at a time. I also have trouble getting shoes on, socks, etc. Earlier today I was getting veggies from the bin in the refrigerator, and I squatted (stupidly), and there was no pain, but I could not get up, again. I would still be there now if my husband had not come to give me his arm
Am I going to be this way forever? How long until this gets better? Did I make a mistake in having the surgery?
ESI 2/28/14, PT, chiro, etc.
L3/4 PLIF and extensive laminectomy 6/4/14