I am 4 weeks after L5S1 discecemty. The first two weeks were absolutly fantastic with absolutely no pain or complications what so ever. At the beginning of the third week, a buldging lump developed on the right side of my incisional wound, and I began to get increased lumbar back pain and some intermittent siatica on the right buttox. I seen my consultant about this and he suggested there is an outside chance that it was leackage of spinal fluid but felt confident it was more likely to be localised tissue swelling as I didnt fit the criteria for csf leackage such as migrane, and difficulty concentrating.
I am now on week 4 post op and have a bunch of new symptoms, primarly pain in several areas of my body. I have massive cramps in my quad muscles at the front of my legs, 30 mins of standing feels like 10 hours, my legs start to become enormously tierd and I have to lie down ASAP to get relief. I have also been getting increased nerve pain through the right side of my groin and into my right buttox. Its strange to the fact that the siatica pain I had before the operation that once ran down my right buttox and into my leg was never more than the thickness of a pencil but now the nerve pain in my right buttox seems to be spread over the entirery of the butt cheek. Its intermittent not always there, and doesent run down to my leg, stays localised in the right buttox but is still very concerning. I also have increased lumar back pain again, and this is the most concerning symptom of all as it feels exactly like the back pain I had before the operation. I am terrified I may have either reherniated my disc or caused other damage to myself somewhere in the past 4 weeks.
Im really lost for answers at this stage and very very confused as to how the first two weeks post op were soo amazing and clear sailing and how I am now in such a mess. Its backwards in my recovery I seem to be going instead of forward. I have been commited to my daily walks and have today started using the sauna and steam room to keep muscles relaxed but am still in significant pain even as I write this.
Any body here further on in there lumbar discemety recovery than me? Have you gone through similar problems?