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multi level laminectomy (no fusion)

Hi, I am new to this forum and I hope I can get some answers. I had a multi level laminectomy on the 29th of May (4 weeks ago) and am in more pain than before surgery. I understand that this is a long recovery, 3-6 months but I seem to be in more pain as the days go by. First two weeks were not too bad other than a very sore incision (8 inches long) however at week 3 I started with some sciatica pain again in left leg and very achy legs. Walking on a flat surface was not too bad but any slight hills were horrible! I called my Neuro doctor and he put me on a 5 day regime of Prednisone. It helped the forst three days but as I started weaning off the med's the achy legs came back along with sore back. Is this all normal? I don't see the doctor until the 11th of July for my 6 week post op appt. Any help would be appreciated!


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    Yes, this is normal since a laminectomy is done to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves, a few weeks post op, you may experience a flare up of increased pain, this is due to the pressure or compression on the nerves being relieved, and the nerves starting to regain their function. The steroids are usually given to help reduce inflammation but it can take some time before the nerve pain calms down again.
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