Well I got out on Wednesday, a day later than I expected. There considerable post-op pain I have drugs (not as good as what I'd get in the hospital, but good enough). I'm taking hydro-cosine (sp) 7.5 mg. I can take one or two every 4 hours. Two is way to much. Every 4 hours seems to be a bit much. I'm hoping to cut down on those pills after a week at home. That would be two weeks after surgery. Pain won't be over by then, but I hope drastically reduced.
I realize now that I made a grave error. I forgot to ask them to do one of those "Hollywood" surgeries. You now, the ones where the hero is grievously wounded in today's episode but is back on the job the following week. I wanted one of surgeries.
Epidurals are wonderful. You're not knocked out like a general anesthesia, you're awake, but you don't feel anything. As Johnny said, don't turn it down if you have a choice.
I have a possible back surgery coming up, still in limbo land, sciatica is getting better, but still massive pain that comes and goes, which is better than constant pain. So we wait and see if it gets better. But if it does end up with surgery, definitely going for the epidural