Hello. I have a "large" herniation that wasn't helped by all the non-surgery modalities so I'm headed for a discectomy on Sept 22. I've done a good bit of research on recovery and found a huge variation in experiences ... no surprise since we're all so different, but I'm interested to hear from anyone who's been thru this. I'm 65, live alone, but good friends across the street. Am I likely to be able to move around the house enough to do the basics ... stick food in the microwave, feed the cats, get dressed, etc. Surgeon is going to keep me in hospital for 1-2 nights since he knows I live alone. He's a very nice guy.
I've been on 5 mg hydrocodone twice a day for 2 weeks just to keep me from writhing in pain and doc says I'll go home with Percocet. That's strong stuff, right? Should I worry about being too medicated to function?
(Btw, I had 2-level cervical fusion 4 years ago and found this forum to be a great help. Surgery was very successful.)