This is my first post. I have been reading these forums for over a year now & they have helped me learn so much. So, thanks a ton!!!
I had a spinal fusion (L4-L5) 6 weeks ago & I have no idea if it was a success. I am 40 and in great health, except a little overweight. I went with this surgeon because I thought he was relatively patient with the many questions I had before the surgery. After the surgery he seems to simply not care. I was in the hospital for 5 days and he would come in and just stand there. I had to address him, he would answer a question if I had it but never to any degree or detail. I have no idea if the amount of pain I am in is normal. I am in as much & sometimes much more pain than I was before the surgery.
I have moderate nerve pain in my left leg, which I know is normal but the past few days I have had this ridiculous pain in my back that literally feels like a piece of metal or bone is trying to push its way out of my back. It is the sharpest meanest pain I have ever felt. I can adjust my position and it immediately stops but I am terrified of it starting again. It is intermittint over the past few days.
I called my doctor yesterday morning & left a msg with the receptionist that I don't know if this is normal and I needed to talk to the nurse. Keep in mind, I have not called or bugged them once since my surgery. Just had the basic 2 week checkup that they rescheduled twice and where he spent an entire 6 minutes with me because he had an emergency surgery come up and couldn't spare anymore time than that. Anyhow, the nurse finally called back today at 6pm and didn't address my pain at all, just said that my next appt is for april 12 and there isn't any time the Dr. can fit me in before that. I told her about the pain and she said, "Well, I wouldn't know anything about that. You'll have to talk to him in a couple weeks" She then asked if I was still taking pain pills. I said, are you kidding me??? Yeah, I am still taking pills, I don't have any pain relief. I can't use the computer for more than a few minutes at a time so I can't go back to work yet.
I don't know what to do. I guess I can call my pain specialist who seems to care & has known me now for 3 yrs. Has anyone else experienced this type of pain? And what do you do when you feel like a victim of a surgeons version of Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Ma'am?
Also, quick question as well... since the surgery since I can't bend over I squat to pick things up and my knees are on fire every day. I rub them with a ben-gay type cream and take muscle relaxers but they are in so much pain. I haven't seem anyone else talk about this and didn't know if it was normal too?
Thanks so much!