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Is it bad if I.....?

Jessie-twinmomJJessie-twinmom Posts: 2
edited 07/17/2015 - 10:30 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a microdiscectomy on Monday (4 days ago). I had been experiencing insanely bad pain in my hip, leg, ankle and foot. I had a terrible time with pain management and they kept increasing my dose of opiates and I am now on morphine and dilaudid.

Since the surgery, the incision site was very painful the first day but since then it has been extremely manageable. However, the nerve pain I had the surgery for is STILL THERE. I have heard people say it will go away but I'm terrified!

I have twin 7 month old babies so it's very very difficult to be in bed all of the time. I am trying to follow exactly what they tell me to do, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it right.

- Is turning my head to look behind me twisting?
- Is squatting all the way down to get into the lower freezer OK? (I kept my back straight)
- Is it OK to turn one of the babies around while I am laying down? (They are both 15lbs) I am not picking them up...
- Is it ok to stand and feed a bottle to one of the babies for 10 min?

I'm sure there are so many other things... I just don't have much pain from the surgery and can't tell if it's because I'm on a lot of medication or that the terrible pain from the nerve is competing with the surgery pain. Then I am achy all over and can't tell if it's normal or if I've hurt myself.

So nervous.
"Someone clearly stepped on a crack"


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    You are only 4 days post op. Your surgeon should still be accessible to you, I would think.

    You have very good questions and I think best directed to your doctor for your individual needs.
    It never hurts to ask doctor anything, as he does not want anything going wrong post op anymore than you do.

    Best wishes on your new twin babies! What a thrill!
    Please keep us posted on how you are doing!
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  • Thanks!
    "Someone clearly stepped on a crack"
  • I was achy all over as well, for the 1st week and a half. My thought on it is maybe all the drugs I was taking and also not being active at all would have contributed are my thoughts. After I finished all the drugs I started feeling normal again and the aches stoped.
  • after my microdisectomy i was to do next to nothing for the first 4 weeks with my surgeon, no squatting, no bending no lifting from the waist more then 8 pound moving your head. do you have a full length mirror? do your movements in the mirror you might see how your not a straight as you think, but i was told absolutely no twisting at the waist. No standing and holding the baby for 10 mins sit and prop a pillow and feed baby would be my suggestions, first 4 weeks are critical. I'm not a dr just had my micro fail!!! one year ago and I'm living a very different life right now, constant pain. Just had a bone fusion 11 months ago and I feel worse then before surgery. If you are that concerned most insurances have a nurse line call its free and its good advice and always speak to your dr if that concerned.

    What I've read and had my drs tell me is nerves after surgery are very angry and they are trying to retaliate a bit but then they'll realize and they will calm down you have swelling in there as well that is contributing to the pain that resembles your pre op pain....we all heal different but I think being a new mom you are probably doing too much...I had 2 new puppies from same liter when I had my surgery so I understand you want to hold them rock them love them but you have 4-6 weeks of taking care of you and then a life time of them....I should take my own advice...keep me posted
    This can't be happening
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