Hello, tomorrow I am 3 weeks post op for my Microdiscetomy on my L5/S1.
I go to physical therapy 1x a week and have stretches to do at home (which i do daily as instructed) and i do walk around the block 2/3 times a week.
I had foot drop prior to surgery, no reflexes on my left side (which i still do not have back) and am still taking 600mg Gabapentin 3x a day. I have also been taking an NSAID 2x a day since I stopped taking my pain medicine (oxycodone)
I am hoping someone can provide me some advice on their experiences sleeping, possible symptoms of reherniation and pain medicine use after surgery.
I have realized that sleeping is becoming more and more difficult for me. I cannot get comfortable, no matter which position I lay in. I feel like my back is extremely arched. It isn't perse, but that is the feeling I am having. I feel it is possible that my mattress is too soft. We ordered a memory foam mattress topper (4" thick) bc i read online that a lot of people have found them helpful to sleep with back pain. I am still waiting for it to arrive. Has anyone tried a memory foam mattress topper? I try laying on my back with the pillow under my knees and without a pillow under my knees. Try my side with a pillow between my knees. I just am completely stumped on what to try.
This leads me to another concern. Last night when i was getting out of bed i felt fine. But within 2 mins of standing i felt pain in my lower back. This is a pain i haven't felt post-surgery. I landed up taking a pain pill and icing my back, but woke up this morning with the same pain. I have pain down my butt again and am slightly nervous that i reherniated my disc. There wasn't a specific incident or any immediate pain from doing something. The pain just appeared out of no where.
I haven't taken my oxy much post-op, especially since I started taking over the counter naproxen (nsaid).
I am not sure if I am over reacting regarding the lower back pain and thinking worse case scenario. Can anyone offer some advice? Also, can anyone let me know from their experience if they found a comfortable way to sleep? Or if a firm surface to sleep on has helped? (I haven't tried sleeping on my floor bc i wasn't sure if that would make things worse)
Lastly, pain meds...i am not a person who likes to take any type of medication but i will do what I need to be a success story from this surgery process. Besides ice and stretching/walking how have others coped with the pain? I have tried doing arts and crafts but i still am having trouble sitting for over 30mins at a time.
I feel like attitude is such a huge part of the recovery process and I have been positive about everything, but right now with this back pain, i am feeling a little less positive.
Thank you for taking the time to read this