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Scott in the UKSScott in the UK Posts: 136
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi there,
I was just wondering if there's anyone on here who's ever had it and if so what the results were like.
I had my surgery on L4/L5 on February 9th 2010 here in the U.K and apart from trying to wean off the morphine I think I may be fixed but with these meds presumably masking some of the pain I would normally be feeling 4 weeks after surgery-it's difficult to tell.
I'm certainly able to walk now without too much discomfort and have even been into town shopping on foot without having to hire a 'sit down mobility scooter'.I'm playing pool again and the follow up after the surgery is with the surgeon on the 15th March.
I eagerly await any replies so thanks in advance.



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  • I had the same procedure done on March 8. I had 4 screws placed and I feel pretty good. I see you are in the UK and I know that is where Percudyn started the clinical trials but they entered the US a few months ago. How are you feeling now? I was off meds for 3 days but had to take some Vicodin last night but I think that was because I walked a little too much around the neighborhood.

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  • Hi Warnerk,
    I did set up the e-mail notification and here I am replying to your post.I have been on MST Morphine since June 2009 at a rate of upto 200mgs every 12 hours following the surgery and because of that I've had to wean off it very slowly to avoid bad withdrawl.I'm now down to 40mgs 12 hourly and hope to be free of it within a couple more weeks.To start with the drops were quite large and I noticed no ill effects and my back felt great.Now I'm having to do it by 5mgs every 4 or 5 days as my body is really telling me it wants more.Not through back pain but through excess sweating and stomach cramps. Yesterday I walked 5 miles without any problem and even shot 5 or 6 games of pool last night.I hope to return to work on reduced hours to start with in the near future.
    I hope your recovery is as pain free as mine seems to be.Just remember-a little exercise-and often.

    All the best,
  • Hey Scott. Wow, 5 miles. That is awesome. I have been taking my walks too but nothing that far. I guess like anything, I have good days and bad days. I had to go to work yesterday and sit for about 6 1/2 hours and that was tough. My boss has been great and lets me work from home but I had no choice yesterday. I am certainly paying for it today. Good luck with the meds. I tried to avoid narcotics, except when I had procedures done, but I have been on Ultram for 3 years and was up to 200mg a day. I know it is not as hard core withdrawals but it was not fun coming off of that drug. I am taking anti inflammatories now and Vicodin when the pain gets tough. I will keep in touch and please do the same since we are both had something pretty ground breaking done. Good luck.
  • Hi Warnerk,
    Watch out for those anti inflammatories buddy.Long term use of them can really mess up your organs so I've heard. For that reason I spoke to my doctor and he prescribed something called OMEPRAZOLE once a day which just helps protect your stomach and helps with the withdrawl stomach cramps associated with coming off morphine.I'm now down to 40mgs-12 hourly.
    Keep up the good work.

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  • Thanks Scott. I take the same medicaiton for my stomcah. I hate taking anit inflammatories but he wants me on them for a couple of weeks. Did you ever get an swelling around your incision holes. Yesterday one of my holes was sore and my wife looked at it and said it was really inflammed. It is a little sore but no redness. I am going to call the dr today and will let you know. Just courious if this ever happened to you.
  • Hi again Warnerk(is that your christain name?)

    I am lucky as I only have the 2 incision holes but one of them is a little more enflamed than the other.My wife said at first that she thought I'd developed a spot on the scar.This became a little itchy but eventually settled down and gave me no further trouble thankfully.My next appointment related to the op' is for a follow up to see a physio therapist on the 31st and she'll decide whether or not to give me any other exercises or discharge me for good.The surgeon wants to see me next in June with an x ray so he can see how things will have hopefully settled down.

    All the best,
  • Hey Scott. My name is Kevin. Thanks for the feedback. My doctor has been in surgery all day so I have not heard back yet but I am a little concerned. Since this morning, the swelling has gotten a little bigger and it is now hard. Not sure what is going on but hoping it is not big deal.
  • Hi Kevin,
    What happened with the swelling ?
    No big deal I hope.
  • Hey Scott. Thanks for touching base. My surgeon was not concerned and did not need me to come in. He said there are no documented cases of infection with this surgery and he said it is most likely scar tissue. If there is no improvement then he wants to see me next week. How are you feeling?
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