spinal decompression with spinal fusion
I had a spinal decompression with a spinal fusion in January of 2009. I had the surgery because I had sciatica pain than hurt so bad to the point to where I could not push my nursing cart any longer. I found myself standing on one leg at times just to get relief. Since the surgery, I cannot sleep because my legs go numb on one side and then I have to turn to the other side, and this continues all night long. The only relief I get is when I stand up, I can't even sit for very long. I am so tired of taking opioids because now I am dealing with severe constipation. I am on percocet 10/325 4 times a day, fentanyl patches, and lyrica (which doesn't seem to help at all). I have asked my pain doctor if having my hardware taken out would help, and he seems to think no. I have tried several back strengthening exercises which have not helped either. I am a full time nurse, and I did a lot of research before having this surgery, but now I feel that it was the wrong choice, and now I am going to have to live in pain for the rest of my life. Any suggestions that anyone has for me would be greatly appreciated. I am 42 years old. Thanks P.S I had this surgery due to having degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, severe spinal stenosis and the sciatica pain.