On 5/1/13 I underwent an L5/S1 MIS TLIF procedure due to numerous issues including a pars defect, large paracentral herniation, spinal stenosis and DDD. The first 2 months out of surgery were great- no pain down my legs and the only pain I had was from surgery recovery. I am almost 3 months out and just saw my surgeon to ask about the pain traveling down my left leg again. He looked at my x-rays and we determined that the nerve must be irritated due to physical therapy- I explained that the one day they used the resistance bands I couldn't move after the stem treatment! He wants to see me back in 6 weeks with me following the no bending, lifting, twisting restrictions and more x-rays.
On another note, for the past few days I've been experiencing a tightness in my mid-back to upper lumbar spine (can't determine which level) - it is painful and when I move the wrong way it tends to get worse. I've pressed on it a little bit to try to massage it out, but it is sore to the touch. I've used heat (have that on now) and ice therapy as well as ibuprofen with no success.
Has anyone else experienced this? If so, was it related to there being more pressure on the levels above the fusion? I'm wondering if I could have injured that part of my back (although I don't recall doing anything that would injure it).
MIS TLIF L5/S1 on 5/1/13