Spinal stenosis/double fusion PAIN MEDS

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scorpio-girl
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   Posted 7/1/2012 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the lumbar surgery the 22nd, about 10 days ago. I take 2 hydrocodone 5-325 every 4 hours, and 1 methocarbamol - 750mg every 6 hours.......making my total intake be 8 norco tabs and 3 methocarbamol daily. I just refilled the meds for the first time.

Am I expecting too much too soon? The pain does not feel like it is being touched. There is a minimal difference, in any, after taking the pain meds. There is still a lot of swelling and pain around the 8" incision and some bruising.

As far as my progress goes, I feel like I am making the smallest amount, which is okay. The pain itself is pretty substantial, but I can tell I can get around better physically. If I feel that tightness/pain growing in the lower back, I'm quick to sit down or lay down and wait it out. I am trying to follow the doctor's after care directions and walk some around the inside of our house.
Friends have asked me if the surgery worked, and so far, I don't know. I hope so; I do think I felt better before the procedure was done!!

Anyway just wanted your opinion on the medicines. Hope all of you are well. It sure is comforting to talk or listen to those of you who have had the same or similar problems. Somehow that alone eases the pain.

Thanks so much.....

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   Posted 7/1/2012 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello!….It takes a long while for the post-op pain to subside. Please give it time….it may take 3 to 4 weeks before you see any reduction in the pain, and you will not know for several months wether or not the surgery has worked, as it can take 12 to 18 months for a total fusion to take place. If and when your surgeon does a CT scan in a couple of months…it may then show that the fusion is starting by seeing new bone growth.

You have to be patient and I know it's hard to do, but trust me!…it takes time. Make sure you keep up the walking, but again do not over do yourself.

I have been there in your shoes a couple of years ago, and it is important that you know…that you need support….so feel free to check in and keep asking questions as you heal. You will take a few steps forward, and then several back. This is very normal…and you will worry if you feel that things are not moving along as fast as you think it should. Everyone is different…so again, be patient.

Also!…I see many lumbar surgery patients try to get off their med's too early!…don't make that mistake, and stay on top of your pain with them. When you can, hop in the shower, as it will make you feel better.

Take care, and I hope you do well!

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Kaely
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   Posted 7/1/2012 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm really confused by scorpio's posts. Do they really let you sit up right after back surgery now? That would be nice, because I'm going to be looking at back surgery before long too.
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   Posted 7/1/2012 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
…simple answer is yes,…and they want you walking as soon a possible. Part of the fusion process is to stay active, but with caution…so sitting upright is ok, but the instruction should be followed to the letter by your surgeon above all.

..headed to bed!..see you all tomorrow!

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grandmaroses
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   Posted 7/2/2012 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Kaely when I woke up from the surgery I was on my back they lounged the bed for the first day the second day my nurse came in with tray to eat I was sitting, but not for long. I came home and I sit in my lift chair mostly in reclining mode ut sometimes it feels good to sit. When r u going in?
Please take time to heal, I am walking now In house no cane outside I still need walker or cane.
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Darnme2000
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   Posted 7/2/2012 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to jump in here and Echo others comments on "Please take time to heal" and "Follow the Doctors Instructions". Not doing so can cause a longer healing process, un-necessary pain, and in some cases prevent you from getting the benefit of what the surgery was intended to do. Pretty sure I overdid it too soon and I still have issues. The reason I say pretty sure is that I was actually beginning to feel some benefit from the surgery once the swelling was going down when I did something I probably shouldn't have. Well, I started hurting and now over 1 year later I still hurt at the surgery site. Not sure if it was me that caused it but if I had to do it over again. I would go slower before I picked up the pace and give plenty of time to Heal Well. Please be careful.
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scorpio-girl
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   Posted 7/2/2012 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Definitely I may sit up or stand - not for long lengths of time. I try to walk within the house also.

I did contact the doctor today as it seemed like none of the 2 pain meds were touching the pain. I was given steroids 3 days in the hospital and brought 4 more home to finish by last Thursday. The steroid is prednizone and I figured when I finished it that was all. But the nurse said I needed another steroid pack and that would definitely help with the pain. So I should get that later today whenever it is called in.

She also said muscle spasms in some people felt like a tightness in the back. I asked her how long would I feel such pain; she told me that it would get better SLOWLY but that usually it takes 5 weeks for people to turn the corner. So I have Augusst 1 to look forward to!

I am 63 and in good health. That is why I chose to have this surgery now rather than wait it out. However, the nurse this morning told me that Dr. Blacklock had "freed up some nerves who were extremely angry" and that it should be causing pain because of that and that there was much structural damage done to the back. It's like broken bones who needed to heal. I laughed and told the nurse that the "freed nerves" were better off pre surgery than post surgery! But anyway, at my age, I'm glad I was able to withstand this surgery and hopefully I will considerably heal better now and faster than I would 5 years down the road.

grandmaroses
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   Posted 7/2/2012 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree having the surgery while you are younger and healthier is the way to do it. My surgeon said I had to be almost wheelchair ridden before he would do mine. I am walking better now, hope you are as well. Btw when my back spasms started I knew it it was not a tightening in my back it's been he'll for a month but finally I think they are gone.
I hope you continue healing and you have no problems.
Take care
Rose



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Kaely
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   Posted 7/3/2012 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
That's good to know, thanks all of you. My first back surgery was a double laminectomy 21 years ago. After the surgery I was up walking the same day. When I went home i was not allowed to lift anything. I wasn't allowed to sit or to stand in one place AT ALL. I had to be either walking or laying down.

I had a fusion in my neck and could do pretty much what i wanted after surgery as long as i was careful.

Not sure what will happen with my back now. It's in the same spot as the first surgery. My regular doctor is hinting at more surgery, and has tossed the word 'fusion' around but I haven't seen a neurosurgeon yet. Will see what happens.

Again, thanks for the infos, and sorry for jacking your thread, scorpio.
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