Hi Mary & Successtory,
I'm sad to hear that you are also having problems, I was so hoping that you were going to have a complication free recovery.
The answer I keep getting from my doc, is to be patient with the nerve problems, the nerves are just ****** off, and "hopefully" it's just temporary.
It may takes weeks or months before I see improvement.
I just keep my fingers crossed for now.
When I sit more than 15 minutes or so, both of my legs and feet still get numb and tingly, if that keeps up, I won't be able to return to work, and that really pisses me off.
Before I got the reclining chair lift, when I tried to sleep on my right side, my entire right side, (hand to feet) would go numb, including my hand, so I can fully relate to what you describe.
If I am watching T.V. while laying on my right side, and leaning my head on my right hand (you know, to prop up my head), my right hand will still go numb.
The numbness really has me worried, I have concluded that there is nothing I can do now, other than to say "time will tell".
I know that sucks, but I don't even know if they would do any testing on either of us this soon in our recovery.
The good news, is that just in the last day or two, my butt cheeks have felt much better (boy, that felt weird to type) [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/bang.gif[/img]
I hope I don't sound like a perv here
At first, I think I told you it felt like I had my A$$ kicked over and over by 100 people, I'm not so sore in that area now, where as before, I felt totally bruised, and it hurt to just touch my butt cheek, especially sitting.
The doc said that would improve, and he was correct.
I bet you will be better in that area in another week or so.
I can tell you that in this past week, I have been much better, I think you will have more strength each day.
I never thought I would feel better, but since I've been getting more sleep, things have really improved for me.
I hope this helps you, and I really think you will be O.K. as well
So, how are you doing on the smoking ?
I hope you can get a good nights rest, and will find more relief in the morning. [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/tired.gif[/img]
Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.(Titanium)
My pelvic bone was used for grafting.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs in between, not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really necessary.
I would hate to repeat the surgery, as the recovery period, is so very painful.
I also have a free fragment in my T11-12 area, that I'm still refusing surgery for, at this point in time.
That surgery is way too dangerous for me to consider, until if affects my being able to walk.
[This message has been edited by BAXTER (edited 01-12-2003).]