I had a bi-level fusion on June 22, fusing levels L4-S1. Prior to the surgery, I had horrible sciatica, left leg numbness and limp, foot drop, oh, and awful back pain! The fusion took 5 hours b/c the surgeon had to spend an hour combing through the scar tissue from my laminectomy eight years ago. When I awoke from surgery, I was unable to feel my right buttock or thigh, and had also lost sensation in my first three fingers of my right hand. It was attributed to how I was positioned on the table, and by the end of my two-day hospital stay, my fingers were back to normal (not the right leg, though).
The first three or four weeks, I was surprised. While I certainly wasn't comfortable, I noticed improvement in my left leg and in the intensity of the back pain (it wasn't the *same* back pain, if you get what I mean--it was surgical in nature, not just miserable). However, the right leg was prone to rolling tingling, pins-and-needles sensations, hot/cold sensations, and general numbess. I also have great difficulty (still!) in putting on pants/shorts--I cannot raise my right leg more than three or four inches without great pain and resistance.
Tonight, I'm back to that same miserable sciatica I had before surgery, and I'm so disheartened by it. I visited my surgeon this week to discuss the right leg issue, and he did x-rays (didn't say anything about the results, so I assume all is well) and am scheduled for nerve testing on Monday morning.
Questions: Is this sciatica the result of just doing too much, inflamation, etc., or am I in trouble here? How painful is nerve testing? What can I expect generally being almost 7 weeks out?
Thanks in advance...this is so daunting, and there truly is comfort in numbers!