I had L5-S1 minimally invasive surgery on 9/20, released by my NS on 11/30. I started physical therapy on Dec 13, when at my mom's in Tennessee. I live in metro Detroit. My NS is the chairman of the entire spinal surgery dept. at Henry Ford...very large teaching hospital system. Anyway, he released me to my reg internal med Dr. Immediately after I started physical therapy, I developed pain and a numbness to the skin just below the area of my left lower incision site. It's about 4-5in long and 3 in wide area that is numb to touch on my skin!! Very very painful too! I am leaving TN much earlier than planned for several reasons, one being this painful, numb area, and also because the pharmacies here won't fill my pain med script, even though my Dr. mailed it to me(not tried to call it in) and I hand delivered it. The Tyl 3 is a joke! I am in agony, and so I set up an appt with my reg Dr on Jan 7. I am hoping she will order an xray, but the way she is, she will probably just refer me back to my NS, who thinks there is nothing going on, and that my surgery was a complete success.
I have been reading on here about people with fusions, who don't totally fuse for upwards of a year?, and some people not at all? My NS only did a CT post op, 2 days, and 2 xrays on 2 different appointments. I have been an xray tech, CT tech, MRI tech since 1981, and I saw the xrays, and I see no way how he could determine from them that I was fusing! I'm just worried about this painful and numb area that came about immediately after physical therapy. Should I be concerned? I also have a slight left-to-right scoliosis in my lumbar spine, which causes me to have a slight pelvic tilt when standing, that is visible when you look...any opinions, suggestions?