Hi, I am new here but have been doing alot of reading here prior to my surgery and post op.
I had L5-S1 alif on 3/11/15. My belly is still very swollen. Is this common ? When should I expect it to be back to normal? ?
I feel like my recovery is going wonderfully, I have been walking walking walking. I have averaged 6.5 miles a day for the past 10 days. I feel like I am only out of pain when walking or flat on my back.
I am now out of the pain medication (percocets) and flexeril 10 mg.
I am concerned that Tylenol is not going to cut the pain I feel within the bone from the screws.
The surgeons office makes me feel like a junkie when I call to get more meds. They sent me home with a script for 30 percocets with directions of 2 every 4 hours prn. I am an RN and understand that there are alot of drug seeking people out there, but from what I have read it seems that people are normally on some sort of prn med for 3 mo. or so.
I am trying to do everything correctly, no BLT and walking 2+miles 3 times a day but I still Do have pain especially at night. Should the surgeons office be managing the pain meds 3 weeks post op , or a PM doc ?
I am looking for input on the abdominal swelling, and pain management. Any insight will be appreciated.