I had a 2 level acdf surgery in February and coped really well with the healing process, besides some residual neck pain I am doing well on that front. However, I had an L4/5 discectomy last week and I am not coping at all! I expected pain after surgery but this is unbelievable. I have more leg, hip and foot pain than I thought possible. My hips and lumbar spine are burning intensely all the time. I'm reduced to tears everytime I sit on the toilet from the pain of getting back up. I feel like I need to say that i always felt I had a pretty good pain threshold but this has got me going crazy. I am taking tramadol and paracetamol every 5 hours and I'm topping it up with codeine when I'm at my worst. Can anyone tell me if this is normal.
Fracture L1/L2, Osteoarthritis of lumbar, cervical spine and coccyx, wheelchair bound, ACDF C3/4 &C5/6