I am 4 days Post OP ALIF - L5-S1 fusion with bone graft.
On December 6th - prior to surgergy-my left thigh became numb after I had an incident with losing my bowels. It was the weekend so I had to have my surgeon paged. His nurse returns my call and assessed the situation over the phone. She said that losing my bowels may just be an isolated incident but if it happened again to go to the ER for another MRI. Since I was scheduled for surgery and the intense pain I was having not only from the L5-S1 but also the deep pain and numbness in my left leg to up my dosage on the Oxycontin 10mg tabs to 3 times per day and told me the specific times to take them.
The night I was discharged from the hospital (December 18th) the deep pain and numbness started again except this time there is either a deep cold or deep hot pain like my leg is on fire.
I am doing all of my PT at home like I was instructed as well as following the discharge instructions to a 'T'.
Paged the surgeon yesterday as I wanted to give it a few days to see if it would subside but it didn't. The nurse called me back stating it should go away which is when I told her it is very painful along with the cold and hot sensations. She called in a steroid called Dexamethasone 4mg tabs and said that will treat any inflammation.
I expressed my concerns with not being able to control my pain levels not only from left leg issue but post surgical pain. I fully understand there will be pain after a surgery like this. I work in the medical billing and coding field and read surgical notes....chart notes all day long so I am very familiar with surgical cases. I asked if she could up one of my pain meds and she said no because it would be harder to get me off of them. I was onky asking for a dosage increase until my post op visit. I don't understand why I should have to be this uncomfortable considering the symptoms with my left thigh.
My anxiety and stress are through the roof. I cant upset my parents who are my caregivers through this because they have already been caused stress and anxiety because of the entire back issue/surgery.
Lost and don't know what to do. I am in tears and I feel like the surgeon and the nurse think I am a poor patient. I am to the point to where I don't even want to get out of bed. I am on the same pain meds and same dosage prior to surgery.
At a complete loss and I am very emotional so I am going to lay down.
Open to any advice and thank you for listening.