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Hello ... Have posted ad nauseam about the awful nights ... Last night, day 17 was as bad as alll the others and just pushed me over the edge. I had to go into hospital today to have a nerve root block to help the buttock and leg pain which have flared up since the knee replacement ... I had a three level lumbar fusion four months ago, I was warned a flare up could happen because of the angle of the leg during the op and the leg elevation in general. Back surgeon says it is more common in hip and knee replacements when you have had more than one level fused. I ended up with two nerve blocks, a deep muscular steroid and an antibiotic. For the first time the sedation was not nearly enough and although they increased it, it was a very unpleasant experience. My back surgeon is great .. He sent me home with some Valium and said TAKE IT! GP very against it, but my BP was unusually high and he could see I am exhausted .. Grey, not really eating much (unheard of for me) and when he came in I started crying about everything. I am not give. To tears and have battled the bad back for years and consider myself fairly brave .. Said I just felt totally overwhelmed and back where I started straight after the fusion ... The first six weeks of that were devastating and this , though a bit more localised pain, is as bad becUse I am sleeping so little. I cannot believe I will ever get back to normality as I have barely bee able to function a normal life for so long now. Sorry to winge... Am so bashed and bruised from the leg, my back has bruised from the jabs, tummy from Heparin and I ache all over from exhaustion. Tomorrow ...... Please be better!
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