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L5S1 surgery

Joy mcJJoy mc Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Recovering from Surgery
It has been 8 weeks since my surgery.I still have severe nerve pain on back of left leg was not there before surgery . Also my hip bone aches so bad I can't sit on toliet,or hard chairs , can't sit anywhere very long it makes my nerve pain worse and lower back. I have to put my weight on right side , if I'm up going all day I really pay for it at night. My back swells at night so I lay on ice and take my meds.Feels like I have a knot in my back . I have also been doing physical therpy have 3 move visits. How long will my pain go on,
I have been out of work since Jan.Don't get me wrong the pain before surgery was much worse and I didn't have a choice. I am thankful that unreal pain is gone!!


  • Good that your pre-surgery pain is gone and others will also say that you're still early in your recovery. Recovery takes a long time and the limitations are frustrating. I'm 7 months out now, and at 8 weeks, I couldn't sit for long either. It's only been in this last month that I can sit for longer.

    Are you on Lyrica or Neurontin for the nerve pain? After my surgery, I was on Oxycodone, Oxycontin and Neurontin. I used to walk up and down the patio to relieve the pain and cramping (even at night), in addition to going out for walks.

    When I started physio at the four month mark (apart from light stretching, core and breathing exercises)and had to lay on my back for some of them, it was so painful and still can be, so I lie on the bed. It was trial and error with some of the exercises, but I worked out what I could and could not do.

    I'm active in the mornings but always rest for a good part of the afternoon.

    Everybody's recovery is different, but do take things gently.


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