I had L5 S1 fusion with Discectomy on 10/13/14, so it hasn't been long. My pain prior to surgery was pretty much in my lower back with some occasional leg pain. I had been dealing with back pain for years. I was really looking forward to this surgery to finally begin getting on with my life.
I woke from surgery with the most extreme left leg pain it was really unbearable. I was in the hospital for 5 days and during that time they performed a CT scan of my lower back after explaining this pain and numbness to the doctor which found nothing other than some bruising.
They originally had me on Norco and Valium which did nothing for the pain. They also gave me morphine when the other meds were not working. So after literally crying inconsolably to my Dr, he switched me to Oxycodone, kept me on the Valium and also added Robaxin, Nuerontin, gave me a Toridol injection and a round of steroids.
In addition to the pain I am also having leg, foot numbness, and muscle spasms and cramping. The Doctor assured me that this would pass once the nerves calmed down.
I can't sleep, no position is comfortable. I can't sit up for more than a couple minutes. The only sleep I get is the couple hours after the pain meds knock me out.
I go back to see the neurosurgeon next week and am also going to look into physical therapy on Monday.
I am feeling like the back pain pre-surgery was the lesser of these two evils. I have read some old posts here from people who don't seem to recover.
Is there any hope? Has anyone dealt with this and recovered? How can I possibly go back to work like this?