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I had a laminectomy, when does the pain go away?
first let me say, I have been reading the forums as I've gone through my miserable experience, and decided to join because there seems to be a lot of information and a lot of members with great advise.
Heres my situation. I was diagnosed with herniated disk back in February of 2016, my PCP sent me to see a surgeon and prescribed me some pain medication. The surgeon stated I needed a laminectomy, but because of my weight (375) at the time, he would not perform the surgery until I lost at least 45lbs. So I had the injections while waiting for surgery to try to make the pain ease enough so I could exercise and lose the weight needed. The injections did not help. My PCP was passionate enough to make sure I had medication to deal with the pain, I made an agreement with my PCP for pain management and that I would follow up to be weighed every 2 weeks.
In October I had a minor heart attack but I was still working to lose the weight. And by December I had lost just over 50lbs and was then scheduled for my surgery, I was cleared by cardiology to have the surgery and it was scheduled for January 17, 2017.
i had the laminectomy and I swear to god when I woke up from anesthesia I felt like I was shot in the back by a 12 gauge shot gun ( I have no clue what that actually feels like it's just the best way to describe the pain) it must have been the 30 staples they used on my incision.
I left the the hospital about 24 hours after the operation and about three days later I slipped on some ice and did everything except fall, I twisted and turned and did splits etc. I called the surgeon and they said to just be extra careful.
Wow im dragging this out sorry, anyway at my one month follow up I asked "when will the pain get better?" And the surgeon said, "well due to the extent of your injury, the length of time you were injured before it was fixed, and the fact that you are overweight, this is going to be a long painful process, you will be in pain no matter what you do for several months." I was devastated. I have been living with this damn pain for over a year and was hoping after six weeks I'd feel better. Since the surgery I have not been able to sleep in a bed, or do pretty much anything without incredible pain afterwards. Has anyone else experienced