I am at home recovering after a 2-level fusion on 10/1. The first few days in the hospital were very uncomfortable, but I can feel myself getting better each day.
Initially I was prescribed one Percocet every 4 hours for pain, but that wasn't really helping, so they increased the dosage to two Percocets every 4 hours. That worked out much better. I am up now walking around, and going up/down stairs when needed, and have gone for some short walks down my street, but there are a few things that have me a little bit rattled.
Yesterday, I started noticing numbness in my left leg (mainly above the knee) when standing or walking. That was not a prior symptom, so I'm hoping it's just the nerve waking up after being irritated for so long. I am just hoping it's not going to be a permanent new symptom.
The other things are an allergic reaction and some swelling in my buttocks. Yesterday, I took my brace off and lifted up my shirt to take a look at my back in the mirror. It was bright red with raised little bumps all around the bandage. This rash spread to my butt and to the backs of my legs. It was extremely itchy and the bumps were little blisters. I have no idea what caused this reaction, whether it was a reaction to the meds or the bandage itself, but it was not comfortable. I have tried treating it with some calamine lotion and some Benadryl, but it's too early to tell if it's helping. The surgeon's office advised to take the bandage off, as it could be the bandage adhesive that could be the culprit? I now only put the bandage on when showering.
The last thing that is weird is when I look in the mirror, my behind looks swollen. I usually have "no butt"
, but it looks red and swollen. Me being the paranoid person I am, immediately started thinking about their being some excess drainage that is going into my buttocks! It seems ridiculous, but I have no idea what it is.
Thankfully, none of my prior symptoms of sciatica have returned, just a few new ones that I'm not too sure about. I am scheduled to see my surgeon tomorrow for a post-op checkup, but wanted to get any other opinions in advance.
Thanks for reading thru this, I hope I didn't ramble too much.