Post-operative pain Discemtomy

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Hello all.

First day home after a Bilareral L5/S1 Decompression and Discemtomy.

And wow the pain this morning was something like I had never felt.

Someone please tell me this will go in a few days...  lol

I suppose just looking for a bit of re-assurance that it’s normal

I have been given:



Codeine Phosphate


And of cause lactulose to stop me exploding cheesygrin

Trying to take a mix every two hours to keep the pain at bay.

Anyone have any experience and found any other relief.



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    When I went back to the surgeon the other week, he looked at the XRays (why are X Rays better than MRIS but here they seem to look at XRays more than MRIS) Also I know he was pushed, he said Mmmm well I think that an operation would be very dangerous and like a clot, I said, because of scar tissue and he said yes. I wish I hadn't opened my mouth now. However, he gave me a sheet to go to the pain clinic and I have it open that i can go back to him if I need him. Well I do.  Are they saying that old folk live until they are in their 80s, well I can't go that far with my meds.  I am OK sitting down but walking I wish sometimes that someone would come down from the sky and lift me up and take me to the car park lol.

    I have just been reading about scar tissue on Spine Health which is now the only web site I read and it can't be scar tissue and believe that the previous surgeon didn't do his job properly. What could/can I do, I paid £7,000 up front for him to decompress L3/4 and L4/5 (the usual ones) and now they say that the S1 is damaged and prolapsed too which is a b**** because thats a bad level and thats why I cut in.

    I had a consultation with a private surgeon - the operation would be to fuse (20,000€) and he said there would be no problem and I wouldn't have any pain at all.  So what do i do?????

    I think surgeons and fusion have come a long way since I left England 5 years ago and anyone having fusion now seem not to have any previous ops and they all seem to be successful. I wouldn't care how much I had pain after an op if I was going to be OK and to be truthful I have a 6 inch scar down my back and I was NEVER in pain but looks like he didn't do his job properly - no names!!! He didn't ask me for X Rays/MRIs at the time of the op which now I think was a mistake.

    So I await the Pain Clinic which I don't think much of either, but thats another story.

    I am glad that you have had your op, and I hope that you are up and on your feet and feeling better and that the op has been successful. I tried to look at the X Ray but can't see very well.  What was it? a spur?   If it was, I have spurs and they just grow again - its my genetic make up. My mother had the same problem and my daughter too....

    Who did you op or don't you want to say....

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    Hi Twitch , how has your recovery been, hopefully your not in too much pain now, I have been back in work and had to leave early today, I havr had alot of pain in my back( swapping one pain for another ) an egg size lump keeps rising up over the scar site on my spine it has been very painful, I have taken tylex but they don't work as these have been my pain meds for yhe last 4/5 year's not consecutively ...had physio appointment for tomorrow but they just ranh an cancelled, I'm going to try cobtact my surgeon tomorrow hopefully get some answers

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    Well nearly 7 month’s post op, and after countless hydro/physio sessions and trying all sorts of pain relive. My consultant has agreed to another MRI.

    The pain is back with a vengeance, can hardly sit down from about 7pm.

    Spending most of the day stood up and the evening lying down...

    If it has slipped again I am going to ask/demand? fusion as really had enough now.....


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