Hip and Leg pain after L5-S1 360 Fusion
I'm a new member and am looking for some help or reassurance about my procedure I just went through. I had a L5-S1 360 degree fusion after getting hurt at work and waiting 15 months for all other procedures and workers comp., to help me. I had two opions and chose my Dr. after WC sent me to a DR. with bad reviews. I chose when of the best Dr. in the area to have this procedure done after being denied a artifical disc replacement 3 times. I had the 360 Fusion of L5-S1 done 12 days ago (10-31-11) Halloween of all days.
The facility and Dr.'s, nurses, ect. were all great and I feel that most of my issues before the surgery are better than before. The last 6 days Have been unbelievably painful, waking up after 2 hrs of sleep with hip pain,buttocks, and leg. This is more pain than I had prior to the surgery. I understand that I need some time to heal from the procedure, but this pain is to the point that I'm ready to go to the emergency room! I was taking 3-4 narcos and occassional flexril or zanaflex before the surgery and now I'm watching the clock to take every possible pain killer/muscle relaxer on time....or a little early. I go to my Dr. in 2 days and I have called in to the nurse to get more Narcos and Voltair gel. They sent me home with the bare minimum and I've bilt a tolerance up from taking Narco since last Dec. I wake up after 2 hours from taking 10/325 narco and 4mg zana flex in extreme pain9/10 on the 10 scale about ready to cry. I have a high pain threshold after having other surgeries and throat cancer, radiation,hernias,gall bladder, kidney stone, ect.
This is getting unbearable. I've been walking 2 miles a day sence I left the hospital and have followed all the instructions I recieved. The only releif I get at night when I wake up is to lay in the doorway flat on my back and use the door jam to stretch my hamstrings. I had some sciatic pain before the surgery and right hip pain and leaning foward or backwards was painful. This pain is driving crazy and I can't seem to get any relief. This is all new pain the other issues seem better, but this pain at night is killing me. I use to be able to sleep 6 to 8 hours a night. Now, maybe 2 or 3 and I have to get up.
Does anybody have any ideas or advice to help me out until tuesday when I go to the Dr...... Is this normal, GOD I hope not!
I'll be back with more info, any help will be greatly appreciated!!!