I had a lumbar L5-S1 TLIF 2 1/2 yrs ago. I am in severe pain. It is like layers of an onion. The sciatica is down both legs. Then a stabbing pain in one leg. Then hip spasms. I cannot walk more than 60 steps consecutively. I just am not able to raise my right leg due to the pain. Although I have had complaints since 6-8 wks post surgery I recently found out I have bony overgrowth from BMP in neural foraman on both sides impinging on nerve.
I am working but with pain. By the time the day is over is straight to lie down in bed. Sitting causes increasing pain and standing causes increasing pain. I cannot sit on furniture for more than 2 minutes without pain escalating. My bed..new mattress from furniture row, doctors choice, is only place I can sit awhile but mostly lie down.
Here is the problem. It is mandatory I travel by plan 800 miles and stay in a hotel. Hotel mattresses can be horrible. I am concerned I will not be able to sit on any furniture or bed. Has anyone tried a blow up mattress? Do they come in firm? Does anyone have any suggestions of what I can take along to put on the bed so pain does not escalate. And I can lie down to alleviate pain and be able to sleep? Any and all thoughts are appreciated. Thanks