I'm coming up 11 weeks post L5S1 TLIF surgery and am still struggling to sleep. I weaned myself off all medication apart from an antiflamatory in the mornings, an antidepressant at night (prescribed to help me sleep) and the odd dose of paracetamol. I'm currently weaning slowly off the antidepressant as I'm not sleeping & have gained around 20kg since I started taking it in around April this year.
My local dr seems to think if I lose the extra weight, I will gain more stamina, exercise more & sleep better. I'm working on all of those but it's no walk in the park. If I push too hard the worse my nerve pain is & I don't want to undo the good.
I still have some lower back pain & residual nerve pain in my ankle. Both of these I can live with. It's the shoulder pain that's driving me crazy. I've dug into my pain killer stash & have been taking a nightly 5mg endone for the last 3 nights trying to break the pain cycle.
I believe my shoulder pain stems from lying on that side for so long for sleep (opposite side to sciatic pain & disc herniation), & I was wondering if anyone else is having a similar issue? My dr & physio are more interested in my surgery recovery. Might have to try & get my physio to look at it when I see her next week. She's been great with everything else, maybe I'm not persistant enough.....
Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014