New to the forums - hoping to find some reassurance / thoughts / opinions
So, I am 31 years old, six days out from back surgery. He cleared up two ruptured discs (out of five, two were the worst) on the L4 L5 level and L5 S1 lvl. I have had back pain / sciatica since I was 16 on and off, and over the past two years, despite 100 pound weight loss...pain kept getting worse and progressed to showing nerve damage in my left leg. He also did a hemi-laminictomy - sorry if I am misspelling.
So, my neurosurgeon pretty much told me when I woke up...all my nerve pain in my leg and foot should be gone.
When I woke up, most of it was! I was in the hospital just overnight, and was up walking around every hour or two for ten minutes or so at a time.
Had a shot of morphine before I left the hosptial and felt so great after a 40 minute car ride home, I was convinced that I should make another hour long car trip to Sams to buy a memory foam topper for my brick of a bed. Then went to walmart and did all the shopping for the week. Pain kicked in half way home, but went away and I was fine again as long as I took my percocet for the next day or so.
Then little familiar pains started coming back. then major leg pain, like when I coughed...all down my left outer thigh. Today I felt like it was a challange to even get out of bed and walk thirty feet. Get tired real easy, etc.
SO I kind of feel like I am going backwards, and don't know if the first few days just being so great just led up to me crashing of a sort...I don't know whats normal, and why he said it would be better right away...could his surgery failed, or am I expecting too much of myself?
I have stayed out of the car since day one...its hard to find my neutral spine in the car, my back spasms up too much if that makes sense. even with the flexeril that he gave me.
Any ways, any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Sorry if this is all disjointed, still having to take the pain pills, which I hate You over-did it. All that driving on the day you left the hospital! For most post-surgical patients, that type of activity may not start for a week or two. I would take it easy over the next couple of days. If you still feel this way, I would contact your doctor. If you are more than concerned than I would contact your doctor and talk it over with them
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