I had my lumbar fusion 8/21/08 so I am 5 months post op. Back pain was 75% gone and leg pain was very little right after surgery. I had "normal" progression of healing to about 3 months. I was walking about 2 miles per day and no more meds. I was feeling good at that point, thats when the dreaded nerve pain started to get worse and worse.
Now, I am back to using a cane and having lots or tingles, numbness and weakness in my groin/butt/legs and feet. Much worse than before surgery. I can no longer sit in a chair for more than a few minutes or walk more than about 50 yards without tears. Things "down there" arent working most of the time either! Of course this is all very discouraging. All the doctor can say is to give it time, this is how nerves heal. It is just so frustrating that it would start 3 months after surgery and just get worse and worse, shouldnt it be slowly getting better?
When nerve pain increases, how long does it keep getting worse and when does it start to get better? I know this is totally different for everyone and there is no real answer, but maybe someone has experienced something similar. Any thoughts?