Hi everyone - Just wanted to ask you folks if think I am on the right track or not. Here is a copy of my first update at 4 weeks post-op:
The leg pain is 90% gone, with the exception of first thing in the morning and random jolts of pain. Pre-surgery, the pain was in the back of my leg, into the upper calf and sometimes down to my foot. The pain was constant and got worse with movement. The effected leg also was substantially weaker than the other, and also had some numbness and pins and needles.
Since the surgery, the pain has mostly subsided, but the pins and needles has actually gotten worse, and the weakness is still there too. My doc says it can take several weeks for the nerve to recover, but I have also heard of some cases where the symptoms are gone completely after surgery. Is this normal? When should I realistically expect these symptoms to subside? Will they ever?
OK, so here I am at 8 weeks and I am now in physical therapy doing very mild core exercises, but still no bending or real strengthening work yet. I have just finished the 2nd (and possibly last) course of Diclofenac Potassium and from time time time will still pop a hydrocodone (maybe 2-3 times per week mainly at night). My leg pain is mostly gone, but will still flare up from sitting too long or may just radiate down the leg for no apparent reason. My pins and needles is mostly gone and leg strength seems to be coming back too. I am a little concerned that the leg pain I am experiencing is worse than it has been in the last 4 weeks of recovery. Is that normal? I would still expect some back pain, but I figured the leg pain would be gone by now. What are your thoughts on that? Thanks, Tony