On july 17, 2008 I had surgery to correct a powerlifting injury I sustained six months earlier. Just for the record I want to let you know that I am only 29 and prior to surgery would have considered myself to be in great physical shape.
I'll explain the operation as it was written on my operative record from the hospital. It states as follows: Laminectomy at L5-S1 level with hemilaminotomy of the patients right L4 with diskectomy at L4-L5, L5-S1, with anterior bone implant x1; each at L4-L5, L5-S1, with pedicle screws at L4-L5 and S1 bilateral with posterior instrumentation at that level with posterior lateral fusion using Allograft bone and Infuse at L-4, L5, and S-1 with reduction of spondylolisthesis.
So, now here I am 8 weeks after surgery and still at times feeling as though I am being broken in half almost like a crushing feeling that i can feel through my lower back, stomach and hips. This happens most while laying on my back or side and when I stand up.
Furthermore, when I stand there are times when I feel as if I could do back flips, but mostly it feels as though I can't fully extend my back and it takes my breath away, I actually can't breath for like 10 seconds when it does this. I spoke with my NS and he always says that my nerves were heavily damaged (crushed as he puts it) but this just seems different. My pain before surgery was no where near this bad!
I understand that this was a very major surgery and have alot of patience. I guess i just figured that do to my young age, being in good shape and the fact that I don't smoke and eat healthy I figured that my recovery would be much smoother. Also, two weeks ago my NS had me come in and he gave me a bone growth stimulator, is that a good thing? What do you all suggest?
I truly appreciate all your input and advice!
July 17, 2008: Laminectomy at L5-S1 level with hemilaminotomy of my right L4 with diskectomy at L4-L5, L5-S1, with anterior bone implant x1 each at L4-L5, L5-S1, with pedicle screws at L4, L5, and S1 bilateral with posterior instrumentation at that level with posterior lateral fusion using Allograft bone and Infuse at L4, L5, and S1 with reduction of spondylolysthesis.
Percocet 7.5/500, Lyrica 75mg x 2, flexeril 10mg