Discussions that mention arthrotec

Back Problems board

Hi there,
I've had a similar situation...I had an L5-S1 micro-d on Dec. 21. When it was done, the surgeon said not to be alarmed if I had leg pain for the first 2-3 days. Oddly enough, I had no leg pain for the first 4 days, then on day 5 it came back and just got worse and worse every day. On day 9, I asked my doctor (the surgeon was on holiday) what I could take for it.
The pain felt like the inflammation I had before, pain in my calf, etc.
I'd been taking Bextra before the surgery but I wanted to stop taking it because of the warnings that have come up. My doctor prescribed Arthrotec which has reduced the pain almost completely (I've been taking it for a week now and I'm 2 weeks post-op). I asked the surgeon's secretary to ask him how long he thinks I should take it for. Today she called back and said I should take it for another week. So now I'm worried - will the pain come back when I stop taking it? Plus, I can't see him til Jan. 26. I just have to hope that the Arthrotec has reduced the swelling, so hopefully I won't so much pain. Sounds like what your doctor gave you should help you too.

After my surgery, the doc said the disc was completely shattered so he said just rest and walk for 4 weeks, no PT til I see him. I've been trying to walk at least 45 min. per day, sometimes it's hard and my legs get tired but I believe it's good for healing. It's a pain that it has to be winter now because I love walking outside!
I think it's great that you were able to go back to work...don't know about the sitting. It's probably best to slowly increase it, my doctor said sitting for long periods can slow healing but short periods are OK. I'm planning on going back in 2 weeks and I've been working from home a bit while standing or lying. I'll probably keeping working while standing for a good while when I go back.

Sorry for the ramble...I know I've really needed someone who can relate to the fear of pain returned. But I believe if you let pain be your guide (as they often say on these boards), walk lots, rest and be careful, we can hope for a good outcome.

If you ever need to chat, you know where I am! :wave: