Hi I'm new to this site.
I had a 10 hour operation 15 months ago. I endured considerable pain once back at home, for possibly 6 weeks. This pain was NOT related to my operation site at all, but to extreme constipation caused by all the drugs and medications used during and after the operation. I almost forgot about my back entirely. I think the doctors should really warn their patients ahead of time to take extreme measures to prevent this from happening. I thought I was going to end up at Emergency. Fortunately as I reduced the amount of pain medication and used every known trick in the book to get back to normal in that regard things gradually returned to normal.
Now however, a year later, I have developed sudden urges to urinate and in years past, I could "just hold it" until I could get to a washroom. Not any more! If I don't go immediately, I have an accident. I'm 50. Don't tell me I need "Depends" already!? This is a multi-time a day occurrance, not just occasionally. I will be seeing my surgeon in a month and will tell him about this new problem but frankly it is quite worrisome. Has anyone else out there gone through this and did it resolve itself or is it something requiring more attention?
Prior to surgery I was training as a fitness instructor, had completed several marathons, was hiking a local mountain 2 times a week and working full time. Now I am back to work (5 months) and am too afraid to exercise. How many exercises can one do that doesn't involve the spine?!
Are there others out there that can relate to any of this?
Spinal Stenosis; post-surgery severe throbbing leg; sleep deprivation (pain) ; and now... incontinence issues!