Hi all...just thought I'd post an update on how things are going for me in my early recovery.
Was switched today from the heavy duty opiods oxycodone and hydromorphone. They have been put away and now I was switched to hydrocodone. Also have Lyrica to take for nerve pain. Must say that today was a wonderful day. I felt GREAT and had NO pain whatsoever. Drove myself to the hospital for some tests and to the pharmacy to pick up Rxs. Came home and vacuumed lightly (with my tiny Dyson which weighs just 6 lbs), dusted the house and cleaned the kitchen floor. Will say that I might have overdone it a little since my problem right leg is now getting numb again and having some pain so I've taken a Lyrica and some hydrocodone and expect to be fine. I am going to stop the housework and just relax for the rest of the evening with my hubby.
Yes, I'm the same person who has posted twice in the middle of the night these past few days about how badly I was hurting. It's a strange thing but my right leg will go numb (half of my leg in the L5 dermatome pattern) and the pain will get really bad so that it awakens me in the middle of the night. I might fight that pain for 36 hours before it goes away, then presto, it's gone! I really think the rigid back brace was aggravating my sciatica and the PA who is following me agreed that we should set that brace aside. He also ordered blood work and a CT scan of my lumbar spine this morning. Am still waiting to hear back what that showed. Am really hoping nothing has slipped or come loose.
Aside from the intermittent pain in my right leg, I'm virtually pain-free! My surgical site doesn't hurt at all and the muscle spasms in my back have calmed down a lot. On good days like this I can almost forget I just had a huge back surgery!
Just wanted those of you who are facing a big spine surgery to know that it can go very well and you too may be pain-free a lot sooner than you might imagine.
2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled