On June 3rd, I had a 3 level ACDF with a C5 corpectomy. For the most part things have been going as expected. Som surgical pain in my neck, muscle pain in my shoulders and definately improved function and less pain in my arms.
In the last 3 days I have been dealing with pretty severe pain running down both of my legs and a general achiness in my lowers back. The pain in my legs has been excruciating and I am not sure why this is happening and cannot figure out how to even get comfortable.
At first I thought it might have been positioning during surgery but I should have felt that right away not a week and a half later. Since my surgery I also noticed that it is harder for me to walk straight. It is almost as if my gait is off and I veer to the left. I am not comfortable walking unless my husband is right there with me because of this issue.
Tonight I have actually been in tears and cannot get comfortable enough to sleep.
If feels as if I have run a marathon and my legs are still running. I took a muscle relaxer and that has done me no good.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this before and if so, should I be worried? I did call my doctors office but have not heard back yet.
Also, I have been backing off pain medications because my neck pain just has not been that severe. I thought maybe it was a side effect of coming off some of the dilaudid and Valium they had me on.
Any thoughts? My surgeon is 6 hours away and I really wanted to avoid going to an er out of network if I don't need to.