This is my first post and I would very much like to share with you my current situation. I am 24 days out from my second discectomy/laminectomy at l5/s1. My immediate post-op situation was incredible, having been able to walk with extreme comfort and ease 3 hours after waking up. The first 3 days were great. On the fourth day I started feeling sciatic nerve pain and alternating numbness/sharp pain down my leg. In addition, the location site of the operation was swollen and painful. This pain built up over 10 days to the point that I was starting to get really worried. Nonetheless, I finally saw my doctor and he informed me that my nerve, at the time of the operation, was swollen, scarred and red and that this situation does occur with specific patients. Afterwards, the pain started to recede and I acutally spent a couple of days without any meds...(Woo Hoo!)
Unfortunately, the pain has started to come back and I am a little concerned that this could continue to a long time.
To better qualify myself, the level of pain during the day is around a 2-4 and I do not take ANY medication. In the evenings, my pain increases to about a 4-6 while I am lying down. The pain seems to arrive quickly if I lie on the side of my operation. Getting up in the morning is tough as it seems that my sciatic nerve is stuck and I need to flex my foot for at least 3-5 minutes to alleviate the sciatic pain.
I was just wondering if anyone here has had a problem/issue with the "ups and downs" post op???
Thank you so very much for your interest in my situation.