Hey guys. I had lumbar discectomy and decompression of L5 S1 about 7 weeks ago. The first 3 days were godsend. I had no pain whatsoever but near the end of the 3rd day onto the 4th I noticed sciatica like pain returning. 4 weeks post-op I started PT and Accupuncture. I told my doctor that I'm having major pain near my right side of back down to my shin and that's preventing me from walking. I also have issues laying down on my bed to sleep and have horrible pain after I get up from sleeping; I notice sciatica pain in my left leg and horrible pain in my right.
I'm not sure if PT and accupuncture is helping since I'm drugged up on neruotrin and oxycodin. I can get away with not taking oxycodone but then the pain gets too intense. I have a fear that if i keep taking oxycodon 325 mg tablets everyday i'll get addicted but the pain is SO BAD.
I can walk but it's maybe 3-4 mins then I have to stop.
The doc suggests i get in exercise and walk 20 mins a day but I cant due to too much pain. My question is - is this normal? I did not have spinal fusion. I'm only 25 years old and I dont see much improvement. :-/