First time poster so be gentle
Had L5-S1 discectomy 1 week ago following 10 months of sciatica that got progressively worse. I'm in the uk so was looking at a very big wait on the NHS so eventually had to get a loan and get a private operation.
My sciatica was instantly much much worse post op and is not subsiding at all (was a constant 6 before and is now a 8/9 when the pain killers start to wear off). I'm on gabapentine, plus paracetamol, diclofenac and oxycodone. I can't be on my feet for more than 30 seconds without the pain hitting a 10 and the room spinning. I'm spending all day either lying on my side in bed or propped up on the sofa and it is driving me insane. I'm also ridiculously emotional and am crying at everything.
My surgeon says my nerve was very angry and that there was a big bit of disc stuck to it so he is not surprised that I am in so much pain. I'm at home now and very miserable. Is this normal? I've read so much on here about the sciatica being gone after the op.
I'm not sure how much of this pain I can take and am very scared I'm going to be stuck with it forever. I'm getting married at the end of September and have visions of me passing out during my vows.
Am I being an impaatient baby or am I right to be worried?