Hello everyone, I'm a 23 year old male who just underwent surgery on December 30th 2014. I had my surgery done at one of the top 5 hospitals in Michigan.
My leg pain started in January of last year after an injury I suffered from lifting something heavy at work. My MRI showed a herniated disc at L5/S1 and a bulge at L4/L5. The pain has gotten worse over the year. I've tried physical therapy and chiropractic with little to no relief. The pain is always worse when sitting. Finally I made the decision to have surgery as it seemed to be my only hope of getting rid of the pain.
My surgeon went with an open approach rather than minimally invasive because he said it would make no sense to make two separate incisions, and that it makes little difference to do open or mininally invasive. He did a full laminectomy and discectomy at L/4-L/5 and L/5-S1.
After surgery my back was very sore. The first time getting out of bed and walking was extremely difficult and painful. I saw my surgeon post-op and told him my leg was still hurting and he said that it will take a while for the pain to go away. I went home the next day.
It is now 11 days post-op and my back is feeling much better and I am able to walk and get out of bed just fine. However, my leg pain has not subsided at all. In fact it's even WORSE than before surgery. I have called the hospital a few times and they said it's just surgical pain and I need to give it more time. The part that really scares me is that it still hurts in my leg when I sit down, which leads me to believe that the nerve is still pinched. I have been given ibuprofen 800mg and oxycodone to take for pain but I really don't like to take the oxycodone because then I have no way of judging my true pain level when it's covering the pain up.
Can someone please share some insight with me? I am so scared that this pain will never go away and that I'm going to suffer for the rest of my life. I was a very active person before all of this started, and now I can't do anything but stay in the house and worry. I keep having crying spells at the thought of living like this forever. Someone PLEASE help me.