Posted 6/25/2013 9:13 AM (GMT -6)
Backtracking to January 10, I had a 2-level cervical fusion. The nerve pain radiating down my right arm ceased within 48 hours.
I had a 2-level lumbar fusion on June 3, with an extra day in the hospital for pain management. During my stay my leg pain was pretty subdued. Two days after my discharge, I went to the ER with uncontrollable pain as well as pain spikes, where I was treated and released.
Last week I saw my surgeon's PA for under-managed pain. I was given a steroid injection plus a script for a steroid pack. I took the last pill this morning, but the unrelenting pain down my left leg has been horrible for the last few days.
Now what? The ER doc told me that if I came back I would probably be admitted for a day or 2, to try to find out why the pain was so unmanageable. The pain is not surgical pain; it is intense and intractable. I can't even tolerate a sheet on my leg. It hurts less when I am up and walking around the house, but I can't do that for very long and can seldom sleep.
I take a LOT of opiate meds as well as muscle relaxers, resulting from the last 5 years of intractable pain. These were increased slightly after surgery but are still inadequate.
Making matter worse is travel in the near future. A 3-hour drive to see my daughter, who is having twins today, followed by an additional hour drive for my father-in-law's funeral services (he died Friday night).