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2nd week home and in more pain than the 1st

MelcorMMelcor Posts: 85
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am in so much pain today! I did not sleep all night. I am in more pain this week than last week.

Mel :(


  • im 2 weeks today post op saying that 2day and yesterday i ve been fine i havent slept a full nite yet so i know what thats like im a single mother of three and need my sleep to deal with kids i just hope this is going to be so worth it in the end hope u feel better soon xx
  • well not pain free but can manage it today no pain releif yet still trouble sleepin though xx
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  • Oh Mel, I am soo sorry you are hurting soo bad;( What have your Drs said about the pain??
  • My first five days out of surgery were *much* better than the ten days that followed them. Since then... I have had good and bad days, but in general... am slowly starting to feel better (six weeks post op). Keep your chin up, hopefully it will all work out in the end =)
  • I felt much better last week and even yesterday with the exception of my leg. I go see my doc and I will see what he says.

    Good luck Polly! Everyone is different. Like I said I have had better days right out of the hosptial, than today.

    Punker- Good to know and expect.

    I'll keep you posted.

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  • Thanks Mel, I will be looking in to see how you are doing;):)

  • Chris had so much pain in the 10 days that followed surgery that the OS had a CT scan done before we left Raleigh to return to Atlanta just to make sure everything was alright. At 10 days, the OS put him on a steroid dose pack and started him on Lyrica 75mg 3xday. It seemed to help with the unbearable pain and allowed Chris to move. He's still on the Lyrica. He tried to come off it at 10 weeks or so and had increased pain so he went back on it and focused on tapering narcotics instead. He plans to try to get off the Lyrica again once he's gotten further down on the narcotics.

    I hope you can get control of the pain soon. Terri
  • Hi Mel,

    It's unfortunately very common to have these ups and downs, but if at any time the pain gets unbearable or feels different than before, you should always contact your doctor. Otherwise, just be prepared to take 3 steps forward and 2 steps back at times. It's incredibly difficult to stay positive when you've had a few good days then suddenly you're right back down there again, but it's completely normal - especially in the early days. Hang in there, it WILL get better! Hugs, Spicey
  • Hi Mel,

    I hope your legs feel better soon; I went to the emergency room 13 days after surgery because the pain below my knees had become so back (no pain in back or surgery site). After extensive testing, my surgeon learned everything was perfectly in place. I went home with a medrol/ prendnisone dose pak and my legs felt great the next morning, and have since been able to walk on average 2 1/2 to 3 miles daily.

    Yesterday was my last 5 mg dose of prednisone, so today will be a kind of test for me (I'm 27 days out ALIF).

  • First, I just want to say, what is happening to you as far as your pain is absolutely normal. Frustrating as it is, you're really early on!!! Patience, patience, patience....you're going to have A LOT of pain for atleast a couple of months, and especially with sleeping. Ask your doc for a sleeping aid like Ambien. He'll give it to you.

    At two weeks following my three level fusion, L-3,4,5 S-1, it was absolutely UNBEARABLE!!! I cried atleast EVERYDAY from the on-going pain. I've said it 100 times, "I'd rather give birth to 10 children than go through this". I was absolutely doped up 24-7. I'd wake up every two hours when trying to sleep, and take another one.

    The pain takes it's time in going away. Sorry... I am now going into my 24th week post-op, and am still taking about 3 percocets a day.

    Do everything you can to help your pain. Pillows become your best friend. I would have a pillow between my knees, hold one, and roll a towell up to place in the nape of my lumbar, no matter if I was laying on my side, or what. It seemed that if I kept my whole vertebrea as straight as I could while lying down, it helped. Also, laying on ice numbing it would help. But the biggest help was pain killers. Don't try to be tough and think "I hate them, and don't want to do them", that was my mistake. But if you're not concentrating on your pain 24-7, you'll heal faster.

    Also, I hope you have a toilet riser, shower seat, a grabber, a walker, or a cane, AND someone helping you. You're really early on and need as much help as you can get!!

    I guess the biggest thing is ACCEPTING that you just had MAJOR surgery, and to absolutely baby yourself, and don't be too proud to ask for help, and patience, patience, patience. It took my fusion 20 weeks to finally show fusion. And just keep talking to all of us on SH, cause there's tons of support. Keep your chin up, everything IS GOING TO BE OK. :)
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