Hey all, well I am 6 weeks post op from PLIF L4/L5 and have developed a few new symptoms.
My left foot drop only resolved for about 1-2 days after surgery and now it is back, an dI feel it is worse than before with more numbness,
I am having right sided sciatica pain that was not there before. I am gettting a burning horrible pain on my right buttock that was not there before that is super sensitive to touch. and swelling on incision that goes up and down as day progresses.
Well, I demanded to talk to doc (as some of you know, she did not have great aftercare with me) and she set up and appointment and said that swelling on incision was normal, but wanted an MRI/xray to determine if new symptoms warranted another surgery. I asked her why she only did one level when she was supposed to do 2 levels and she said she erred on the side of caution and did not want to fuse L/5-S1 as well cause she felt I was too young.
Well, went for the MRI and these are the results: my last MRI was only 5 months ago.
Dessication L-3 - S1 (knew that already)
L3-L4 disc bulge (this is new) with bilateral facet hypertrophy and ligamentum flavum infolding (this is all new stuff since last MRI)
L4-L5 mild disc bulge - Ligamentum flavum infolding - all new
L5-S1 - diffuse disc bulge (NEW) which combines with bilateral facet hypertrophy to cause narrowing of the lateral recesses. and signal alteration of the posterior aspect of the disc compatible with an annular tear (NEW) and moderate bialteral neral formainal narrowing.
Also two ovoid fluid collection identified posterior to L3 spinal process measuring 2.1 x .7 x 1.1 cm and one midline through subcutaneous fat at L3-L4 level which is 4.4 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm.
Ok all... I may be a nurse bu tI have no idea what ligamentum flavum infolding means and I have no idea if any of this will require more surgery.
I know I need to wait till my doc calls and we talk it over, but any and all responses and all good wishes are appreciated!!! Also, any adivce you could give me about your own experiences would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks in advance!!