I recently had the hybrid surgery with fusion at L5/S1 and disc replacement at L4/L5. About 5 weeks after surgery, developed a terrible pain in my right buttock & thigh whenever I lie down. The pain gets worse & worse and now effects me almost 24 hours a day. When I lie down I have a very hard time getting up, a lot of the time relying on my husband to pull me up through the pain out of bed. In the beginning the pain would go away with walking but now it persists. I have had an MRI & a CT scan. The MRI showed nothing, the CT scan showed a fairly large pocket of fluid under my incision (abdomen) however the dr felt this had nothing to do with the pain. At first they thought I had an infection. Took strong course of antibiotics. They also did flexion x rays to check the mechanics of the fusion and said that everything looks great. At this point they are saying that it is likely nerve injury or nerve damage and saying that I must just wait and see and if I still suffer 1 year from my surgery date they will consider it permanent nerve damage. They have put me on Lyrica which helps a little. Wondering if anyone else has had these symptoms and what your experience has been? I am in a tremendous amount of pain. Any walking or excertion more than 1/2 hour puts me in excrutiating pain for 1-2 days. The pain is mostly in my right buttock and thigh sometimes radiating down the leg & foot. I have had some pain in the left leg as well as my lower back but mostly the right side. Sometimes when I move it feels as though I have a broken bone. I can't imagine living the rest of my life like this and am hoping someone out there can relate (although I am truly sorry if you can!) and can share their experience/outcome and if it truly was nerve pain or something else?
Thanks for your time and concern!