I had a Laminectomy and Discectomy at L4/L5 and L5/S1 on 25/01/12 and spent 6 days in hospital before coming home yesterday. By the time I had the surgery I was suffering severe pain in both legs and could not walk.
surgery lasted 5 hours and immediately after the leg pain was gone and a large degree of movement range was recovered. 10 hours after surgery...I could not raise my left leg, yet sensation levels were good. 28 hours later, it was just as after the operation and I am able to walk quite freely without generating pain...even climbing stairs. However since the operation I have experienced severe pain around the wound site which has required the continuous use of oxycontin and oramorph to manage and allow sleep...up until yesterday when i left hospital and am trying to manage on 4 x 100mg tramadol daily (barely managing with paracetamol supplementing the tramadol)
for the last 3 days i have been experiencing recurring episodes of the following syptoms:
very warm/hot back followed by...
sweating followed by...
light headedness (not always)
nurses on ward and consultant said it was nothing to worry about, but i cant shake my concern. I suggested that it may be a side effect/withdrawal symptom of the morphine since these episodes have increased since i stopped receiving it. but they dismissed it.