I will try to make this as short as possible!
Dec 31, 2008 - right sided L-5 transitional discectomy. Right sided leg pain went away for 2 weeks, but returned.
Feb 25, 2009 - MRI - "large recurrent disc extrusion" "significant herniation which does appear to be a new extruded fragment on the right"
Mar 19, 2009 - Posterior lumbar interbody fusion - L5-S1. Stayed in the hospital 2 nights, 3 days and the pain in the right leg has not gone away yet.
So, it's day 5 since my second back surgery and I am in excruciating pain still that goes down my right leg. I went to bed last night at 10:00 pm and woke up at 11:30 pm and then took 2 pain pills. I am still wide awake and can't sleep. I took 2 more pain pills at 3:30 am. I took two over the counter "simply sleep" sleep medication. I also took a dose of flexaril and now I feel completely drugged out.
1. Is this normal 5 days post-op to have pain down my right leg still? The morning of the surgery we (husband, my daughter) stopped at Walgreens and I could barely walk because of the shooting pain down my right leg. Right after the surgery for a couple of days, I didn't feel the leg pain, but it came back. I can walk and it's a different pain than before surgery where I couldn't walk for a few minutes after getting out of a car or a chair, so I am thinking that this pain down my leg has a different cause.
2. What would be the worst scenario 5 days after surgery for the pain to worse on day 5? I am following the don't bend, lift or twist (I did lift a gallon of milk yesterday though and it was full....).
3. I keep getting the feeling that this fusion surgery was not successful and I have an irrational fear that the "hardware" installed in me will come lose or that the disc protrusion is back even though I have the brackets to hold it in place. Is it possible that the disc that was operated on is hitting my nerve again?