I recently had to undergo my 3 lumbar surgery in 4 years. Surprisingly 3 seems to be my lucky number. I have had complete relief of my back pain after being in pain for 20 years. My surgery was June 29, 2015 and I did so well in my recovery, that I was released from the rehabilitation hospital 8 full days early. I am thrilled to be feeling well.
After my brain has been bombarded by chronic pain and long term use of narcotics for so long, I am currently dealing with a bit of issue with feeling like I am in a constant euphoric state that I can't seem to shut off. I did so well in my recovery that I was able to get off all narcotics within two weeks of an L3 through L5 revisional fusion. I am off all narcotics, anti-inflammatories, and have also been able to significantly reduce my blood pressure and diabetes medication all within two weeks from the surgery. I am now starting my 2nd week without all these medications and feel no physical withdrawl symptoms from the narcotics since about the 3rd day of stopping the narcotics. But my mind is just racing like I drank 3 pots of coffee, and I am unable to shut it down at night. I'm getting only 5 hours of sleep per night and still feel this energy that feels more like I'm in a manic phase, even though I do NOT have bi-polar disorder. I am talking non stop and feel so speedy even though there is nothing in my system to cause that feeling. It kind of feels like a 24 hour a day adrenaline rush. I understand the affects chronic pain and long term narcotics use has on the brain and that it can actually cause rewiring of your brain. My question is, can your brain recover from the effects of chronic pain and long term narcotic use, once your chronic pain has been healed? If so, how long should I expect it to take?
I realize that what resulted from a 20 year ordeal is not going to reverse itself overnight. But I'm just not sure what to do with myself with my brain just rapid firing non stop. I know this is a GREAT problem to have after 20 years of enormous suffering and 4 total spinal surgeries. But will my brain ever get back to normal??