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PLDF 8 days ago and I hurt!

 I had a PLDF on April 22 with fusion from L2 to L5 plus decompression and doing something to the ruptured disk between L5 and S1. I have rods and screws and bone grafts from ground up bone from the decompression. I stayed in hospital for 4 days and came home able to walk, do stairs and manage the bathroom myself. The pain management team kept my pain under control and I came home with a prescription for Percocet 5 & 325, one or two every six hours. The days are painful but evenings and nights are excruciating. It feels like someone has taken a machete to the tops of my thighs and a power saw to my spine. It is worse pain than I had in the hospital and worse than my knee replacements. My family doctor has told me to stop Percocet and take hydromorphone instead. I don’t feel any better. Is there anyone out there who can help me feel better? I am afraid it is going to hurt for ever. Why is it worse now than a week ago?



  • Kyley

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    You had a very big surgery and unfortunately pain comes with it, fusion surgery is very painful, but with time it does get better, you are also probably having nerve pain along with the surgical pain, you didn't mention what medications you were taking other that the hydromorphone, if you are not taking any nerve specific medications, that would be something to talk to your surgeon about, I am also somewhat confused as to who is prescribing your pain medications, your surgeon or your family doctor, in my experience the surgeon usually takes care of it for a set amount of time before turning you over to someone else, the surgeon knows exactly what was done during surgery and should be better equipped to handle your pain than your family doctor.

    Another thing that can be a big help is ice packs, they are only temporary but are very helpful.

    I have posted a link below that should be helpful

       recovery, the most important phase - patience required


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