This question is posed to those who have had fusions of their lower spine. In January of this year I had a PLIF of L4-S1. Initially, I was pleased and confident that my surgery had been the appropriate decision. However, during the past 6 weeks I believe that my recovery has "plateau'd" and that I now am feeling a different type of back pain. This condition has coincided with 14 sessions of physical therapy, so it's not one of inactivity. In fact, prior to surgery I was an extremely active person (runner) and since the surgery I have walked at least one mile each day to remain mobile and to stimulate my motabilism.
Here's my question - what are the symptoms of mild herniation of L3 and above? I am now feeling discomfort higher in my spine and I am apprehensive that it may be the beginning of sympathetic herniation, but since I have never hernitated at that level I don't know what the symptoms are. I have herniated at the low levels and at the high levels, but not in between. Can anyone provide a description of the general symptoms of herniation at the L3 or L2 level?