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MamabirdMMamabird Posts: 1
edited 12/24/2015 - 8:39 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all. Just had a L4L5 spinal fusion and stenosis surgery on the 15th. Doctor was awesome, surgery center was awesome, but I have a question and want to see if anyone else has dealt with this or has any advice/suggestions for me. I couldn't get pain meds before because my gp refused to prescribe me anything and once I went to the surgeon he said he would monitor my pain meds so I was grateful. He put me on the pain med I had been on previously that doesn't help but also put me on a muscle relaxer which seemed to help some. In the couple months I have been taking it I went from being knocked out to not doing much. I'm a lightweight when it comes to meds and seem to build a tolerance quickly. After surgery he gave me a stronger pain med and increased my muscle relaxer. The first day at the hospital I was fine but when I woke the next morning I realized my hip was numb like I could feel it but it felt odd sensations and not quite pins and needles but just below that. I mentioned it to night shift, day shift and the PA for the surgeon who came to see me and no one was concerned. By the end of the second day I was sent home but the numbness and now pain was shooting down my left leg. Here it is 10 days post op and I don't feel much pain at all in my incision site, nor where the port was in, but I am constantly battling the sharp pain in my leg from my hip all the way to my ankle. And if anything touches it , it feels like the skin was grated off and severely raw. They didn't do a bone graft from my hip and they said its normal when your nerves are reawakening from being pinched or from the surgery itself and I get that but what can I do to help with the pain? I'm barely getting 4 hours of sleep a night if I'm lucky. I appreciate you reading this and any advice, suggestions or any other responses. Have a good day!


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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