View Full Version : Really severe pain normal on days 1 and 2?

Mojo's Mom
01-23-2016, 03:43 PM
I'm the one with the scoliosis but not the patient at this time. My husband is 25 hours post-op after a routine three level lumbar A/P fusion, not related to scoliosis. Top Scoli surgeon on the job here in Dallas. His pain has been much more severe than I, or he, expected, despite the dilaudid drip and PCA, plus muscle relaxers and Valium. This afternoon they discontinued the dilaudid drip but left the PCA and added back in his regular oxycodone that he was on before surgery.

They got him up this morning and he was yelling from the pain in getting to standing, plus putting weight on the left leg where it hurts up near the hip from the disruption of his psoas muscle during the anterior surgery. He sat in the chair for an hour but was all tensed up from pain.

He's used to chronic pain but has described the pain since surgery as 10 out of 10.

He's definitely more comfortable this afternoon, down to a 7, but my goodness, this has been ugly!

Pretty typical? Reading some "been there, done that" posts, seems like some of you have had less pain with much bigger surgeries.

01-23-2016, 08:24 PM
I think the pain is part of this surgery. Since he was on strong meds before it may be hard to control his pain. After the morphine block wore off, I was in extreme hard to control pain even though I was not taking narcotics before surgery.
I also think sitting an hour this early is like punishment. Make sure it isn't for that long at a time. It is hard to move but better for you.
It will get better.

01-23-2016, 10:48 PM
I am surprised that they did not stop his strong pain killers before the surgery

01-24-2016, 12:23 PM
Unfortunately, people who are accustomed to narcotics seem to have a much harder time in the early postop period. At UCSF, these people often end up in the ICU on a ketamine drip.

I hope they can get your husband's pain under control soon.