Hello! I'm 31 and last Friday I had my surgery, after nearly four years of misdiagnoses and lots of pain.
Apparently, when my surgeon went in to remove the disc, there was much more scar tissue than expected that he was only able to remove part of the disc and decompress the spine/nerve. We went in posterior because at the time, we thought it would be the best option and because the herniation was lateral, plus he wanted to avoid a fusion. So I guess I had a partial discectomy in the end? I have to admit the terminology confuses me a lot because we never went over the technical terms, haha.
Anyway, now I'm 8 days out and still in terrible pain. I've been all over the site trying to figure out if this is normal or not, since the surgeon said I'd either feel immediate relief or 3-5 days of worse pain before it started getting better. Suffice to say, I'm experiencing neither and just constant, grinding pain in my shoulder and back - hilariously nowhere near the incision. The side of my neck is also rock-hard tense. On top of that I have this weird numbness in my skull on the left side, near where the pins were placed to keep my head still, and an aching pain in my left leg that feels like I had a charlie horse there - but I know I didn't, because that's the kind of pain you'd remember. I have pain medicine and muscle relaxers to take, of course, but they only take the edge off. And I will be calling him on Monday for a different manner, but.
Do you guys have any suggestions for relieving the pain while resting? Mostly, if there's anything I can do while laying down - ways to sleep, ways to organize how the pillows are, etc. I'm laying on my right side (surgery was done on the left) and no matter how I rest the pain is still just as intense as if I'm sitting up/awake. It's made getting a decent night's rest a little difficult.