I did have complications. In the hospital, for 3 days before my surgery, I was pumped full of painkillers like morphine (which is no where near as good as they make it sound) and vicodin. These narcotics caused me to become severely constipated, despite the regular dose of Miralax and stool softeners they had me on. To make a long story less long, I ended up baring down too much when having a bowel movement and caused myself to have a CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) leak. I had to go back to the hospital and have a second surgery to repair the leak.
Despite everything that went 'wrong' I have been happy since the moment I woke up and wasn't in pain. I felt like everything was downhill from where I had been. It was not an easy or enjoyable experience, and having gone through it, I feel like I can (and will) do anything.
some of the questions posed, bur canot seem to pick up the replies!!!
od Friday. home on Saturday afternoon. and doing very well.after years of suffering, i feel as if my body has been freed from a trap--Good luck
to all who are awaitng surgery-it is not all bad.
I had a laminectomy/discectomy on Feb 6th and am still not back to myself. My surgery took 4.5 hrs instead of 1-2. My Dr. said recovery time was 1-2 weeks.
I'm 28 & healthy. But my recovery has not been what I expected. I experience an upset stomach & dry heaving if someone touches near my scar area in the wrong way or if I do too much of anything. This sucks! I still experiance a lot of pain and although things have gotten better I'm not able to work a full day or even a half a day. And going out for a couple of hours makes me exhausted.
My docotor doesn't seem to understand and I my PT doesn't want to see me and thinks I need more bed rest.
Does anyone relate or
I am still having the pain that I had prior to the surgery even after all of the prednisone, lyrica and 7 other medications that they have given me. No setting, standing or walking for more than about 10 minutes or the pain shoots down my legs and they go numb. Thank goodness I have a great little boy to help out!
My doctor tells me that it could take up to a year maybe 2 before I will be able to do normal activities.
Because of my high pain tolerance, he is now worried that I may have permanent nerve damage because I let it go for so long.
My surgery was to take at the most 2 hours and ended up being almost 4 because the nerves were entrapped in the discs as well as the bone spurs.
Don't wait as long as I did to get in to see a doctor about your back pain, as the recovery time from this surgery would not be on my top 10 list of things I would want to do again.
My sympathy goes out to anyone that has had back surgery :-)
The night sucked because the hospital bed was terrible and I was really sore, as you'd expect.
Now it's 6-7 weeks later and I have yet to have any leg pain or the dreaded lightning pain I would get in my left testicle. Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful that is gone.
I'm still sore. I can tell the recovery is going to be a long road but so far it's been worth it. I couldn't pick up my 1 yr old prior to the surgery, he's 35 lbs. I'm still not allowed to pick him up until mid-June since my weight limit is only 20 lbs until then but I WILL be able to pick him up soon, and that is good enough for me.
If anyone has any questions or concerns about their upcoming procedure feel free to email me, _[removed]_.
I'd be happy to answer anything I can and hopefully help you feel better about what is going to be done to you.
It's worth it. My father had the same surgery 2 years ago and is doing great. Like I said, it seems it's going to be a long road until I feel "normal" and the soreness goes away but I'm so glad I did it.
Your problem may be involve of the soft tissue adhesion
Do some gentle massage after hot packing(around spine,not over it)
If possible,prone and put a pillow under your abdomin for 15 minutes
It may be helpful to reduce your pain
P.S. Don't forget the corset or lumbar brace!
I'm glad to find this forum, I've had a hard time finding good post-operation information. I have been very worried about numbness in my legs.
I am a 37 year old male that was in reasonably good shape, but started experiencing back and leg pain in May, 2009, and my right leg getting more numb each day. In early June I was diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis. Because my surgeon went on vacation, I didn't get surgery until July 13, 2009. The numbness was in my lower right leg on the outside down to my toes. Sometimes my left heel and big toe felt numb, but not all the time. I almost fell at work one day because the numbness affected my balance, and had to resort to walking with a cane.
It's now July 25th. My surgery I was told was a "success". I had a fusion on L4/L5 and laminectomy for L5/S1 (I think). I was in the hospital two days, (they estimated 2-3 days). The pain was tolerable where the incision was made thanks to the meds. My right leg I wasn't able to move for a few hours when I woke up. Later I was able to move it, but it was still numb in the same spot.
The surgeon and a physical therapist came by to check my leg/foot a few times. They seemed concerned, but kept telling me it would come back.
At the hospital and at home, I was able to get around pretty good with a walker. About 4 days after the surgery I think I turned a corner as far as the pain. I got some of my strength back to where I could sit and watch TV in a recliner for quite awhile and have a conversation with people and not feel miserable. After about 7 days I was able to use just a cane and not the walker. It took me about 10 days before I could get out of bed or out of the recliner without help or a struggle on my own.
It's about 2 weeks after surgery and I went to the mall to the movies tonight. I used my cane. It was the most I'd continuously walked since the surgery. It was sort of a strain and exhausting, but was nice to get out.
Because of the fusion, I have to wear a plastic/foam brace around my lower back. It's not very comfortable. I'm supposed to keep it on all the time except when I sleep. But I didn't get clear directions on that and wasn't using it the first week after surgery until I went to my follow up a week and a half after surgery.
At my follow up, the doctor wasn't in. The nurse removed my stitches. My back still hurts near the incision, but it's tolerable. I go back in 5 weeks for a follow-up and I'm told that's when they will schedule physical therapy. I had some questions she answered, but I really wanted the doctor to talk to me about the numbness.
My left leg after surgery is now numb in the big toe and the next toe. I didn't have as much numbness there before surgery. My right leg is still numb from the knee down.
I'm really worried about this? Does anyone have any experiences of the feeling coming back? I'm told the nerve can grow back, but I'm very worried it won't. If it was a few months I'd be glad, even 2 years as long as I get it back.
I plan to go back to work on Aug. 3, 2009. I think I'll have enough strength, I just dread wearing this brace around.
Sorry for my long post, but just wanted to share information to anyone on what to expect and to ask about if the numbness will end. Thanks!