My Scoliosis/Surgery Recovery | Pre Op and Painkillers

I only did an update post about a month ago now but a lot of things have happened since I talked about my upcoming second operation! Firstly though thank you for your continuous support, I say it a lot but without my blog and all of you I don't think I would have been able to stay so positive over the past year or so.

Last week I had my pre op assessment after it was moved forward by 2 weeks, always a good sign I think. I had the usual tests, including a very difficult attempt to take some blood, I thought I had good veins but they just disappeared! I also found out that during these past nearly 9 months I could have been taking some painkillers to help my pain. I was told a few months ago by a doctor that there was nothing I could take that would help and then a nurse at my pre op ran through a list of lots of different painkillers that might help me. I really cannot get over how this hospital have treated me, from cancelling my operation because someone didn't check my notes about a year ago to ignoring the pain in my leg whilst in hospital. I cannot wait to be discharged from there! 

I went to my GP last week and I'm now taking amitriptyline which is an anti-depressant but it has been proven to help some people with nerve pain. We won't know whether it will help me for a few weeks but at this point I'll try anything. It has made me very tired and drowsy, hence why there have been fewer posts going up recently but I should be able to push past that within a few weeks. I'd love it to give me some relief by my birthday, 21st August, but I don't want to get my hopes up too much. If you've taken amitriptyline then please let me know how you got on with it, if it was used to help pain. I'm also back on codeine despite it giving me bad headaches last year, so far I've had no side effects from it though, I've got no idea whether it is helping the pain yet though either!

I'm keeping positive, hoping the medication will work and just waiting. I'm really hoping my operation will be within a few months, no doctor seems to understand how much this nerve pain is limiting my life! I'm more than ready to get my life back.

Thanks for reading,
Shona x


  1. Aww nerve pain sounds really rubbish :( I hope you get the op soon and make a good recovery from it :) in the meantime im sure your meds will kick in sooner rather than latter and you will be a bit more comfortable !! I have a friend who had a spinal curve and surgery ... people dont realise how much it impacts your life :( Your not alone and I know that you can get through this as you have come so far already and well done for being so positive :) On a side note, your blog is brilliant i am always pleased when you post :) xx

    1. It honestly is rubbish, very different to regular pain but you can't let it beat you, thank you, I hope I do too! They don't unfortunately, it's major surgery but people don't realise. Thank you Phoebe :) xx

  2. Thinking of you sweet!!

    Ellis xxx