I had a L4-L5 fusion with hardware four weeks ago. I am still having a lot of lower back pain with numbness and tingling in both legs. I also have right leg pain and right leg foot drop. My doctor sent me to therapy 3 days a week two weeks after surgery. Some of the movements I can do but no usually pain free. I've had a setback this weekend with increased pain, more problems with the foot drop and swelling near the incision. I feel like I'm a webble and I have to concentrate on every step I take. I have an appointment with the doctor tomorrow. I'd like to have him schedule an EMG.
That was a little background but my real question is any firefighers who have had a fusion. I have been on the job for 20 years and before surgery I asked the doc about going back to work he said "we'll see". What is your work status? Did you have to retire or are you back to work?