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Week 6 - sitting down, pains

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have just past the 6 week anniversary of my surgery (Posterior L4-S1 fusion) and am trying to increase the length of time I spend sitting.

I find that regular sitting seems to cause pains. I am being troubled by sciatica which I rarely had before the op and also pains on both sides of my back where my stomach and back meet (hard to describe!).

Are general aches and pains normal as part of the recovery process? I used to suffer with muscle spasms and sever back pain before the op.

I think I have had quite a trouble free recovery so far, I start Physio tomorrow.

Also just worked out how far I have walked from my diary and in the last 5 weeks I have averaged 21 miles per week, not bad considering I couldn't walk without a stick or rollator prior to the op.


  • Sounds quite normal/typical for 6-week post-op. I know exactly the sort of pains you are having, and the sciatica (which I never even had before).
    It should s-l-o-w-l-y start to improve. What does your doc say?
  • I had my check up last week with my Dr and not planning to go back to see him for another 3 months, was fine before he told me to push myself a little more.

    I am hoping the physio will put my mind at rest tomorrow.

    Basically my back seems to feel OK 95% of the time when lying down or walking, until I sit and then afterwards it hurts for a while. Sitting isn't too painful, it just starts to get uncomfortable, I can manage around 20 minutes now.

    Thanks for the comments.
  • Went for physio today, they gave me a few exercises to do and will be going back in a week.

    When I sit down I get a throbbing pain in my right buttock and then a tingling radiating down my leg. My tail bone is also throbbing.

    I hope this is only a post-op problem. Any comments?
  • I spoke to my surgeon last night and he said even at 4 months post-op it is normal to have these pains crop up.
    Honestly, for six weeks, it sounds like you're doing pretty darn well.
  • Thanks Dana, very encouraging, I appreciate you taking the time for me.
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