Hello to all my fellow Spineys. Hope that so far your holiday was good. On Dec 23 I had my 2 month follow up from my open TLIF procedure. The doctor is still happy with everything he is seeing. He even said he saw what seems to be the beginning of some fusion starting. YAY ME!!
I continue to have lower back pain, sudden jolts or catching pain, numbness and tingling in my toes (just on my left foot) and muscle spasms. I know our bones cry out for being drilled into...& bone pain is deep, indeed. Waaaay inside, in places never meant to have been touched, let alone assaulted by surgery I just had. There is a lot of poping & grinding that's going on in my lower back. When this happens it doesn't feel good at all. Wouldn't call it a severe pain but it IS uncomfortable.
I know that recovery takes time, and most of all patience. I know you will feel all sorts of weird sensations, and most are just part of the normal healing process. But I've been having a burning sensation in my left butt cheek. There has also been pain on the outside of my left knee along with a sharp pain behind my knee on the back of my leg.
My doctor doesn't seem to be too concerned but am I wrong in thinking this type of pain should be gone or at least easing up by now?
He has taken me off the Percocet & now has me taking the following:
Vicodin 5MG/500MG - 1-2 every 6-8 hours
Ibuprofen 800MG - take 1 tablet 3x a day
Amitriptyline 25MG - 1 every nite at bedtime (to help w/sleeping)
I almost forgot . . . I've started back at the police department doing paperwork for lite duty. (not exactly loving this part of my job) I've been sent back for 4 hours a day, but by the time I'm off work & at home I'm drained. I have to lay down, take a couple pain pills, & rest. I'm nervous about my doc sending me back to lite duty for full shifts too soon. With my schedule I will work 12pm-12am, 4 days on then 4 days off. I go back to see the doc on Jan 19 & hopefully I'll have more energy by then.
Sorry for such a long winded post, hope all my Spiney Friends have a safe & Happy New Year!!!
It IS possible to get your life back IF you can just bear to allow yourself time to heal