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Post Op 1 Week 3 Hemilaminectomies/2 Formanotomies/1 Partial Disectomy
Hi. I am a 44 year old female. I went in for surgery on October 22, expecting a one inch incision for L5, S1 laminectomy. Came out with 3 Hemilaminectomies, 2 Formanotomies and 1 Partial Disectomy and a 3 inch incision. Most of my foot and all toes except the big one were numb after surgery. Now 2 toes have feeling and a long with those toes pain is coming quite severely. I do not take pain medication, period, and am having a difficult time dealing with this different pain. I am used to the sciatica and the electric shock type pain. I have been dealing with that for years, this new pain I don't even know how to describe except that it is bringing tears to my eyes. I thought I was doing better because I was walking around yesterday, getting in and out of the car on my own and trying to proceed with life as usual. Last night and today the pain has been fierce. I think I may have over done it but I don't know what is really expected for recovery. I have read a lot but my surgeon gave me no restrictions. He did say that the numbness was on account of several of my vertebrae being adhered to the thecal sac and the amount of pressure they had to use on the disk and cord to remove them. He seemed totally nonchalant about the whole thing, like really no big deal. He didn't order PT after the surgery, he didn't have Occupation Therapy come in to visit me at the hospital and I don't see him for another week, he also didn't give any bending restrictions or a back brace. All this seems different than what I am reading. Basically, I am just scared and looking for support from those that have been through this. And before the conversation starts, I want to re-iterate that I don't take pain meds. I refused the shot after the surgery and only allowed them to sedate me while operating. I have taken nothing for the pain (not even Tylenol) and won't be doing so no matter how awful it is and that isn't going to change no matter how many people suggest differently. I would just like to hear of how much activity others consider normal and where I should be at one week post op or other suggestions. Thank you for reading!