OK my fellow spineys, I need your thoughts please.
I am nearly 4 months out from a revision of PLIF (see signiture line) where my screws were replaced, I had a decomprssion and cage(s) removed from spinal canal and in between my vertebra. Had dural tear - inevitable due to cage position. Spacer was loose. Nerve badly inflammed.
Immediately post surgery - no huge change. (Except I was glad to be alive!) - my health care team all said "You must feel better!" - so for about 6 weeks I did not pop my meds like previously but slowly I am in increasing pain. Back to same level of pain meds now as before the spacer was removed. Not good at all.
Last 2 days my back nearly gave out - you know when it pain / spasms so quick/hard you can't move. Takes your breath away pain. I was leaning forward.
I have lots of cramps in my back, deep ache, drawing deep ache in my thighs, numbness etc in leg, increasing wobbly - ness (weird).
It is my back pain taht gets me down.
I have been pondering on going back to see my surgeon but I am scared and worried something has gone wrong. Or he will think I am completely nuts. Or both.
But, I wondered if perhaps, this may be the nerve coming back to life?? Do you think??
Do any of your nerve issues cause your back to do this?
In a recovering nerve, does the pain actually get worse?
I am a bit stuck. Please help. Thank you.