I had my lumbar discectomy on Tuesday afternoon and the operation was completed in 2.5 hours. I woke up in recovery at 5pm Tuesday afternoon and was then discharged from The Townsville Hospital at midday Wednesday.
I was in quite a bit of pain when the nurse checked up on me at around 8pm, and was given endone at 9:30pm. It was painful to move, so I just layed in bed. I managed to get up and go to the toilet, which was probably the slowest and most painful movement I’ve ever had to do.
The nurses checked me out at 11pm, my blood pressure was 104/64 and they gave me 2 panadol for the pain. I advised them that the pain was about 6/10 and it was quite painful. I had IV antibiotics at 11:30pm and they checked my blood pressure again at 12:30am which was 105/58. The nurse said it still seemed low, and I was still in pain but not prescribed any other pain relief.
I had bloods taken at 12:50am and tried to get some rest, however the pain made me not be able to sleep too well. My next check up was at 4am where my blood pressure was 100/60 and at 5:20am I was given another round of IV antibiotics, an endone and 2 panadol.
I saw the surgeon at 7:40am who told me I would be going home that afternoon and that I wasn’t to ride my bike for at least 4 weeks! I can understand that, since the pain I am in, I can hardly move. I had another blood test at 7:50am, had an endone and panadol at 8:20am and saw the physio at 10am. Rachelle and Nick came to visit, Nick brought me a burrito from Zambrero! Thanks Nick! After that was done, I went to the toilet, and was discharged.
The last few days have been painful, Chell has been amazing doing things around the house, I feel lazy and slack since I can’t really bend, pick things up or do general stuff. I ended up going to the doctors yesterday to get a script for endone. The surgeon prescribed me Targin but hasn’t been doing much at all. I have limited movement and it is quite painful to sit, stand and walk around.
The surgery itself was a success and I have absolutely no pain down my left leg now, however I have a constant tearing feeling in my back where the incision was made and limited mobilitiy. If I knew someone in the same situation as I was, I would highly recommend the surgery.
I managed to cook dinner last night, and if I need anything Chell is always on hand to get stuff for me. I’ve been doing my physio each day to try and help regain strength in my spine/back. I just wish this pain would be going away soon!