Hello, im 31 and have a terrible spine. Went through a year and half of terrible pain before i decided to get it checked out. Turns out I had borderline CES at L4-5 and the surgeon was surprised I wasnt paralyzed and got me into surgery very quickly. Also have a minor herniation at l5-s1 but he said its not an issue yet. ALso DDD, early arthritis, and he said I have an extremely narrow canal for my spinal cord top to bottom.
I had l4-l5 Laminectomy/discectomy on march 2nd, and i had to go back into surgery march 5th because my surgeons assistant broke the drain off in my back when he tried to remove it. Im here to tell you that was the worst pain I ever felt in my life when he yanked on that thing 3 times. Almost barbaric! I begged him to stop.
I had a few general questions to ask others who have gone through this.
1. I have a lump at the top of my incision, it goes away if im layng down but always there if sitting or standing. Feels too hard to be fluid. ANyone ever get that?
2. How long is it normal to take pain meds afterwards? I was sent home with percoset and slow release oxy but I only used it for about a week. The doc seemed to think I would need it for a month. Is that normal to need only a weeks worth?
3. I get occasional zings of pain in the old affected areas on right hip/butt/foot but its mostly pain free. On the flip side I am getting the same pain on the opposite side(left) but I never had any pain there pre surgery. its minimal but fairly constant. Wondering if this has occured for anyone else and if it goes away after awhile.
In the meantime I get my stitches out in 3 days. Spend most days on netflix and going for walks but I feel pretty good compared to what I thought it would be at less than 2 weeks.
I need to get back to work but its a demanding job so I have to be careful