Posted 4/29/2009 12:05 AM (GMT -6)
I remember all too clearly how utterly painful it was after my fusion. I cried every single time I had to move for two weeks post op. It was so far beyond what I expected and I expected it to hurt like nothing I'd felt before. I gave birth to two of my children without an epidural or any pain meds at all, and let me tell you, I would have rather done that 1000 times than go through that post op period again.....I do feel for you. My husband got me ice packs in the gel form so that they conformed to my back. I couldn't lay on my back either, it hurt like crazy, so I had the pillows behind me, and along side of me and in between my legs and then finally when I could lay on my back for a few minutes, pillows under my legs too.....it does get better but it takes a few days more.....you should start feeling a little better pain wise in another few days. I know it's not soon enough. Why can't your surgeon give you some dilaudid or something a bit stronger? Even if he had to mail it to the pharmacy, it might help you get through the hump of these next few days. Some moist heated towels in the microwave too might help but you really do have to be careful not to heat them too hot and then wrap them in another dry towel to lay on your skin......or better yet, have your mom put some rice in socks ( knee highs work great!) and then warm them in the microwave for a minute or two.....they hold heat longer and don't get so hot you need to worry about burns.....and they conform to you, so you can lay them on the pillows and put them behind your back. You might find them really helpful.......
I'm sorry that I am not more help at the moment. I wish that I could come and help you.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.