I posted in March 2 weeks after my L4/L5 discectomy and stated I was pain free and walking fine.
Unfortunately, within a week of that post I developed a complication; an acute lumbar lateral shift (almost 3 inches) which was much more painful than the original leg pain! I needed Tramadol and Methocarbamol for my predicament, which would knock me out. I would go to bed at night and wake up 12 hours later in the same position completely seized up. It has taken me 5 weeks so far to correct the shift using intense manual (extremely painful) physiotherapy. I am told that the shift is 'not uncommon' and due to muscle spasms, and was my body's response to the operation and the recovery process.
Now 9 weeks post op, and the shift has about quarter inch still to go. Following that, I need to wean myself off the Tramadol (great stuff but I am addicted). Still no leg pain from the discectomy, and still on my original self-imposed 12 week recovery target.
Has anyone else had a lateral shift of the lumbar spine? If so, happy to discuss.