Hi PALady! thanks for the info! When I see my neuro in May I'll ask him WHO should be doing my maintenance meds for the continuing CP and post-surgery pain,too. My GP, him or a PM doc? (I have access to all 3) I agree that surgeons don't like to get involved w/ long-term pain med RX's, but if that's what it is, and it IS for me, then I would think he'd continue to RX what I need, so as not to cloud the issue. He is very conpassionate & a great doc & we've had a longer-than-usual relationship b/c of all the complications I;ve had, so it's not a usual case for him. He usually does his surgery, see patients for follow-up awhile & then off they go,back to their healthy lives. But then there are those like me---! And many others of you too.
I can't take Tylenol, so Advil has been helping take the achy-ness down a notch. I'm sure much of the pain is inflamatory, which is good for the fusion, so that's why I questioned the nurse about
adding the Advil to the opioids....I tried that yesterday, alternating the Advil w/ the dilaudid & it did give me some acceptable relief. Not as good as the diluadid every 6 hrs, but tolerable when using an ice-pack as an "adjunct". Today we will be out & about
running some errands, so by tonight, i'll be in need of more than just an ice pack---and that's what the basic problem is, I think, as Gramps said: I'm more active now, too, so the pain will get higher....yet activity is good, so one must find that balance between laying around like a slug & running a marathon!
Yes, thank God, my radicular symptoms are mostly gone! And the sciatica too. I get an occasional "zinger" and sometimes by day's end, the nerves in my r foot complain (numb/tingling etc) but nothing like before. So the fusion, for my basic problems, helped a lot. Now there's the muscle pain yet + the hip crest graft site pain....but that will, hopefully, abate as I heal. Maybe that's what he's thinking, also. Just bear with it, it's not unusual, it'll improve,etc.
Well, out for a walk b4 it rains later. Sorry, PALady....wind is NE now, getting cloudy & chilly & I will gladly send this gunk EAST for YOU to "enjoy"!
Thanks, everyone, for always listening! We are NOT complainers, right? Right! Just want to heal, & get on w/ our lives. And have some good pain relief in the meantime so we CAN do just that.! Is that too much to ask?!
Nov. 06-- Lammy @ L4, removal of spinal cystic tumor @ L4/5(benign)
Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak. 2nd surgery caused sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot, increased spinal instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & worsened DDD @ L4/5
Jan. 08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery w/pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time) & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after total discectomy @ L4/5. Good relief from sciatica & leg/nerve pain, tho some residual CP--hope to be "Healing Well"...