I'm exactly two weeks and one day out of L3/4 fusion/lami/decompression. Additionally, they went into the non-fused level above and cleaned out room for my nerves to stave off stenosis and into the fused level below to also clean out room for nerves and clean out scar tissue.
For the last week or so, I've been having unbearable nerve pain in my left leg. It's like someone is stabbing it with a knife. It's always there when I sit, but can go away if I stay stationary for a while - in my recliner, not on a hard chair. When I get up to a standing position from sitting, it hits so hard I can't put weight on my left leg until the pain subsides.
It's worse in the evenings and first thing in the morning. It doesn't seem to hurt while I'm sleeping, only the surgical back pain. That in itself is bad enough, but this nerve pain is killing me and as you know, pain meds do nothing for that.
I know so many of you deal with this, many every day and some constant, so I wonder if you have any suggestions for me? Last Friday my doc said it's to be expected and that it would go away. He said they basically fractured a bone in my back with the Lami and cleaning out space, so my nerves are bound to get upset. I realize I'm still early out from surgery, Friday doc appt wasn't that long ago and remember having this with my last fusion, but is there some secret y'all are keeping that you can share to help make this easier to deal with?
Should I take a few days to mostly sit/lay down, would that help? I'm rather active, even this early in recovery, but I'd do anything for this to even ease up.
Thanks for any suggestions, experiences or help you can provide. It's all-consuming at this point and I'd much rather just battle the surgical pain.
PS Let me know if I've left anything out that you need to know. I don't know who else to turn to other than my fellow spineys. Yes, I could call the doc, but would like to give it time to settle as he suggested, I just am not sure what's the best way other than roughing it out. Sorry this post is so long.