I just had my surgery to remove a Schwannoma between my L3 and L4 (right side) and was discharged yesterday after staying over night. It was a complete resection of a tumor that was wrapped within the
nerve and it took about 2.5 hr. According to the NS it was bigger than a
grape but smaller than a golf ball.
I feed pain in the incision area right of the spine and a small area below the incision. Right now I'm taking
norco every 6 hrs for the pain.
I have some slight numbness on the inside of my right knee as well as a the outside part of my right thigh that didn't exist pre-surgery. Sometimes I feel the numbness is getting better other times it does not.
Have not been able to eat solids
consistently. I have been burping a lot but not passing gas much.
The norco knocks me out and I'm constantly sleeping and waking up only for food and bathroom.
Below are questions that hopefully someone who's gone through this situation can advise:
1. How long post surgery did you stop needing to take the pain medication?
2. Did you experience any numbness post surgery and did it get better with time?
3. How long post surgery did you start eating normally and having normal bowl movement?
4. Is it advisable to sleep as long as possible for recovery? What is a good daily schedule for post surgery to recovery?