I am a newbie. This site has been an absolute Godsend to me, and has provided me with so much information.
I am having a lumbar spinal fusion of L5/S1 on November 4th. I have had two previous back surgeries (laminectomy and discectomy of same region). My surgeon feels that a fusion is needed to stabilize my spine. After both of my first two surgeries, I was back to work in two weeks(I have a sedentary job). Was wondering what to expect as far as recovery. My surgeon feels that I will be back to work in around 4 weeks, but I'm thinking based on the information I'm reading it may be more like 6-8. I realize that everyone is different and heals at different rates. I was healthy and active before this happened.
I have two daughters (6 and 8) and this has been really tough. I know it's not my fault, but I feel bad for my husband, as he's had to really do a lot more since I am unable. I am taking 2 Percocet 5/325mg every 4 to 6 hours. This controls my pain for about 2 hours if I lie on the couch, but not if I'm up and about. My doctor prescribed oxycodone 5mg yesterday, and I developed a migraine and nausea so I stopped taking it. Has anyone ever had this reaction? I am told to rest as much as possible, and I feel that I am but if I'm up for more than 10 to 15 minutes the severe sciatic leg pain starts. How am I supposed to rest more when I have two kids to take care of? My husband has a demanding job and he helps as much as he can.
I am so weary from this pain. I can't sleep more than 3 hours at a time. Is there any positions that help sciatica? Sorry this has gone on so long, but I appreciate any input from members. Lisa