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jerranoiajjerranoia Posts: 1
edited 11/18/2015 - 8:23 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all, I just had a left side laminectomy diskectomy 2 days ago. Just had some questions. Due to a storm and subsequent 9 hour delay I went over 30 hours with no food or water though the saline iv helped thirst. I did well post opp but when I got to my room they gave me a muscle relaxer and two 10 MG hydrocodone. I was able to get up and all seemed well then my blood pressure dropped to 74 over 48. I drank some broth and coffee and stayed away from the muscle relaxer. It gradually came up to normal but two more rounds of hydrocodone made me sick. Upon coming home I was bloated and had a hard time urinating. That's subsiding but I now feel pain down my left buttock and calf. Is this normal?

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  • So glad to hear you are home and sounds like pain is being managed. I had a similar situation: I think it might be common and it went away for me because I am off narcotics now. Narcotics slowed my bp. They upset my stomach too. So on 10/23 when I had my 360, I pushed the pain pump twice. I ate some applesauce around the same time. I threw up the applesauce an hour later. By by food and pain pump. Then pain pills started. By by blood pressure...it plummeted. Took two days to come up more and that was because I really started to move then.

    I felt some discomfort urinating for the first week. I decided it would go away. It did. So did my pain by the way..the reason I had the surgery! All chronic pain gone! Yes I had surgical pain and now four weeks out tomorrow I'm down to soreness when I overdo.

    I decided unless a pain is sharp and acute, to ignore it or better stated: not to worry about it. I figured my lil body just went thru hell and to allow it to feel like hell. Once I made that determination I recognized when to take pain meds for discomfort. I also realized all acute pain was gone. Had I had a sharp or acute pain: I would immediately call my doctor. Period.

    Otherwise, I'm no doctor and cannot tell you for sure. But I can tell you I had everything you described and I'm awesome sauce today.

    Oh, and one more thing: I never paused on my muscle relaxers..they were my best friend and I relied on them to let narcotics go. I'm disappointed I have had to hold on to a lil of my gabapentin too (I'm dying for a glass of wine (okay bottle) but don't dare until I'm off of it.) so of course go with what your doctor prescribes, but I was told by my docs it was the narcotics that upset my stomach, not he muscle relaxers and that I would struggle recovering from a front and back incision without them.

    Good luck! Hope to hear with more movement and activity your pain that brought you to surgery is gone!
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