I had my 360 plif l5s1 fusion about 3 weeks ago. When surgery was finished my right buttock and leg were gone. I was amazed and happy. My PM sent me home with the same strenght pain med I wan on before and I was mad cause I fe;t as if I went through all of this without much help from pain meds. Anyways 3 and 1/2 weeks later my pain has returned this time avoiding my buttock but blazing a trail from my incision over toward my hip. The hip hurts really bad as does the pain around the incision, but my leg is numb behind the thigh and down to calf and the foot(last three toes and bottom of my foot).I am worried I've done to much post op and maybe have messed something up already. Now my surgeon wants to ween me from my meds and I am not ok with this just yet, remember I am only 3 weeks post op and this was the invasive 360 plif all from one incision.
Three questions, Can anyone describe what the site they took the bone from? could this be the source of my hip pain?
Is Three weeks early to take my meds away, I am still in a lot of pain.
Is the numbness just blocking the pain I have had in my thigh,calf and foot?
And my ankle jerk reflex is gone on both sides, is this an indicator of something bad? will it return or what?