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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in New Member Introductions

I'm a newbie just had spinal fusion 4 weeks ago L4-L5 and L-5 to S1 as of today still using a walker .Just kinda frustrated at not being able to walk with my cane.Having trouble with pain and numbness in left hip and leg hard to sleep was hoping you guys can tell me if this is normal? Love to hear from everyone thanks much


  • Hello Fyre -

    I myself had an L5/S1 fusion back in 1991 and oh yeah...hip and leg pain, numbness and weakness is entirely normal to be experiencing just 4 weeks post-op.

    It takes 4 to 5 months before you'll really notice that type of pain has gone away and the reason would be because of all of the nerve regeneration and muscle healing that first has to take place. That's a process that just doesn't happen over-nite, so be as patient as you possibly can...and don't let it worry you or get you down.

    Hang in there, take your meds as directed, sleep alot, eat well, stay hydrated, stay active and most of all...keep a positive attitude!

    Take care and all the best to ya!

  • Don't feel too bad, fusions take a long time to recover from. I depended on my walker the first few weeks too. It's better to use it than to fall down on the ground. My fusion was last year on L4-S1. Just take it easy, and I'm sure you'll move on to a cane, and then walk by yourself soon. Take care
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. everyone heals differently so please be patient!! :? if you don't feel you are healing correctly, please call your doctor!! :-C we are always here to chat or just listen to you vent!! :D good luck! Jenny :)
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