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Help! 11 days post L3,4,5 S1 fusion and bone graft

Started by Newtopain on 03/03/2019 12:25pm

I had this surgery 11 days ago. I was hesitant to have it because I really didn’t have much pain but the doctor said because I have scoliosis and the vertebrae were weakened on this section, that if I didn’t have the surgery now, it would most likely get worse . He showed me the mri and it appeared to be as he said. Anyway, now, after having the surgery I have been in excruciating pain all the time. I gained 20 lbs in the 4 days in the hospital from the iv solution. My left foot is so swollen, even after taking diuretics for the fluid retention, that it looks like a stuffed sausage. My foot, mainly on top and part of my lower leg is so painful that I can’t touch it. The surgeon seems to have distanced himself from any contact other than his PA for about the next month until a post op visit. They are starting to back off of prescribing pain meds because of the opioid problem. They say I should use Tylenol, are they crazy??
If it weren’t for my painful foot I think I would actually feel like I was getting better, but it’s so incredibly painful that it’s hard to sleep, walk or anything else..
Has anyone had any luck dealing with this? I thought of gabapentin or lyrica but the side effects sound horrible. If you had this problem did it ever go away? What did you do?
This is so awful, especially at night, that sometimes I feel like it’s never going away and that I can’t live like this anymore.

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I just saw your post. I hope you are doing better. If not and you are stilling having all that swelling in your foot go to the emergency room.

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I just saw your post. I hope you are doing better. If not and you are stilling having all that swelling in your foot go to the emergency room.

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My foot is no longer swollen but the nerve pain is incredible. I feel like my life is over. I’m taking gabapentin now, oxycodone doesn’t do anything for the nerve pain so I’ve stopped taking it. They’re going to do a ct scan
on my spine on Monday to see if anything is wrong. The worst part is that I could’ve gone on without the surgery and just modified my life. But, since I’m 74, he said if I waited longer, the recovery could be worse when I’m older. I think I would opt for living my life with the minor pain than not having a life at all which is what it feels like right now. It’s been 3 1/2 weeks and no change to the nerve pain.

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