So, It has been a week since my discectomy procedure and I must say that I am feeling pretty good. Better every day as a matter of fact! The strength of my shin has dramatically improved and the numbness is slowly going away. I feel very fortunate to have such great results. I almost wish that I had done this sooner. I guess it happened the way it did for a reason. The pain is getting better also. Initially, I called the Doc and had him switch me to Percocet rather than the Vicodin he prescribed, and he did. They gave me one at the hospital before I left and it really did the trick. The Vicodin didn’t seem to do much at all. I might as well have taken a placebo. I still can’t sit for longer than 30 minutes at a time, bend over, or twist at all, but I’m sure those things will come soon enough. I am not quite shuffling anymore, but more like… well not quite walking normally yet, somewhere in between the two.
My incision seems to be also healing well as you can see below. It is even getting a bit itchy already. That usually means to me that it’s healing well.
As you can see, It’s still a bit swollen. I have been icing it every once in a while when I lay down.
It all sound great so far, right? Well… there is one issue; my throat! Since the surgery, I have had one of the worst sore throats I have ever had. After surgeries that I have had in the past, I have had a sore throat for a day or two afterwards, from the intubation tube they insert when you are under general anesthesia. It is pretty normal for most patients to feel a bit of uncomfortability for a day or two. My throat has been almost unbearably painful for the past week. I even called Dr. Levin, on Saturday (sadly) to ask him if there were any complications with the intubation. He said “No, everything seemed to go normally” and asked me if anyone in my family was sick, or anything like that. I of course said no, because everyone is healthy. The pain from my throat has been keeping me up at night and every meal is excruciatingly painful. Dr. Levin prescribed me Augmentin just in case there is any infection or strep or something. Well, it’s been two days on the antibiotics and no improvement. So far, I have gone through almost two bottles of Chloraseptic numbing spray and a box of Cepacol lozenges. I really just wish I knew what happened. When I look down my throat, it looks obviously swollen, and it looks as though my uvula (punching bag thingy in the back of your throat) has some small cuts or scabs forming on them. I don’t see anything white that would indicate an infection, but I am no doctor. I called the Doc again this morning, as he told me to do if there was no improvement in 24 hours, and I am waiting for him to call me back.
That’s about all I have for today! Thanks for reading, and as usual, I welcome your comments or support.
I’ll see you next post! Peace…