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7 weeks P/O- Having a scare today

LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
edited 03/20/2014 - 12:07 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I've had continued nerve pain in my buttocks and leg since surgery. My recovery has been up and down, but today I had an experience I never had before. Today I awoke from a nap with stabbing pain a couple inches down, and to the left of my tail bone. I stood up and the pain significantly increased and constant shooting pain started to radiate down the entire back side of my leg. The pain was so intense it about knocked the wind out of me. I tried to walk a bit to see if it would help loosen me up if it was muscle related. I had to hold on to something as I walked very slowly, then my left leg and top of foot began to go numb. I immediately laid down and it helped to relieve the numbness and shooting pain down my leg. The stabbing pain was, and is still there along with pain and spasms in my left cheek and upper thigh. However, the pain is not quite as intense while I'm laying down. I cannot stand right now. I called my surgeons office right away and there isn't much that can be done today because he is in surgery and will not be back in the office until tomorrow. She mentioned trying ice and heat or going to the ER. Ice only irritated things and I don't feel the ER will be able to help me much. I'm going to try to wait it out until she consults with my Doc tomorrow. I may be okay as long as I don't move too much. It's probably muscle and nerve irritation, but I have never felt such an intense pain and numbness in some of these specific areas before. I hope I make it through the night without an ER visit.
Progressive DDD
Osteoarthritis
Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
Discectomy L5-S1 2002
Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
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  • LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
    edited 03/21/2014 - 8:19 AM
    Even though no one replied to my post it still makes me feel better to write things down. My neurosurgeon thinks something irritated my nerve. He asked about my activity level and the day before this happened I probably did too much. I'm not back to work yet but I stopped in for a meeting, then ran an errand, made dinner, did homework with my Daughters and helped with their showers before bedtime. I was very careful while doing these things but I'm worried I messed something up. The symptoms are still there today (much worse when I stand) so he wants me to rest all weekend and call Monday if I'm still having problems. My biggest fear is that one of the discs re-herniated, but hopefully it's just irritation. The nurse discussed another round of oral steroids in the meantime. I hope the rest and meds help. At just over 7 weeks post op I had hoped to be feeling better by now. I'm trying to stay positive and hope for the best.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • in the acute recovery period and flare things up for a bit........three months is the time frame for the acute post op recovery period, which is why we are all told not to do things and listen to the post op instructions.
    Hopefully the steroids may calm things down and ease the inflammation......I hope so for your sake.
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  • Thanks for the response. I have followed my Dr's instructions as far as activity. I don't always have someone available to watch my children and I've been so careful. They are 7 so they are old enough understand. I watch the way I bend, and I don't twist or lift anything over 5-10 pounds. That day was the first I had driven in weeks, and I was cleared to drive. Maybe it was just too much in one day. I've had some other muscle problems post op as well, I was told to walk to help with that issue (which I've done as tolerable). It's been very up and down. It's hard to find the right balance of movement and rest. I will definitely be in bed ( besides restroom breaks and eating) until I follow up Monday.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
    edited 03/21/2014 - 5:47 PM
    I got to thinking about the 3 month acute recovery period you mentioned. I had a 3 level Discectomy and Laminotomy. There was nerve compression and irritation at more than one level. Prior to surgery my surgeon expected I would be back to work in 6 weeks, and I have a physically demanding job. Things did look worse when he got in there but he never mentioned a 12 week recovery. I guess I'm a little surprised that I would potentially return to work prior to 3 months. Of course I'm not a Dr, but I would think that there would be a higher risk of re-injury if things are not completely healed. Am I incorrect In this way of thinking?
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • Sorry you are having a flare up. I know it's hard to take it easy when we feel good and there's so much to do. After both my surgeries, I would do the same thing....and pay for it. Slow and steady. Have a great, relaxing weekend!
    Monica
    April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
    January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
    2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations
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  • It is hard to take it easy but lesson learned. I've had many flair ups of back pain before, but this was different. Once I get over this hump, slow and steady is definitely the way to go. Thanks for the response.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • I read your posts and can totally relate. I had a decompression at L3/4 and L4/5 about 30 days ago. I was expecting (silly me) to be free from the sciatic pain but nope, not me. It's been every darn day since surgery. The dr says it can take a while with some people but it's oddly not reassuring to hear that while you read the web where it says people get I stand relief! My incision is still slightly swollen but healed nicely. I feel best when walking but the dr said not to over do it. When I lye down I often get numb in the behind and feel funny nerve twitching in my legs. I've become a shell of my former self. This has been the hardest year of my life and when I finally decided on surgery I was so hopeful. I have a feeling you know exactly what I mean.
    Please try to rest and I will say a special prayer that you get over this hump quickly!!!!!
  • Thank you, I hope your symptoms improve as well. I've heard as long as 18 months for nerves to heal. I do know what you mean, I was hoping to be one of those that woke up without sciatica symptoms. I've had a few bumps in the road as far as my recovery. At one point walking helped me a lot too. It helped with the muscle problems I was having. I don't know what I did this time, but it's a new pain and the sciatica is worsening. Prayers our greatly appreciated. I do hope it's just a minor hump that will improve. I can also relate to not feeling like yourself, I've had a pretty rough year too but I try to smile and be pleasant as often as I can. I still feel hopeful that the sciatic pain will resolve, or at least lessen to a more manageable level. It takes a lot of patience, which can be difficult at times. On the bright side, I am catching up on a lot of good movies this weekend :) I wish you well and thank you for responding!
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • Hi .. I feel for you. I am one month post two level TLIF. Thursday I was taken by a friend for a coffee five minutes away by car and it was a strain getting in and out of the car. He also pulled a garden trolley for plant pots for me. Friday, Friday night and all today have been murder .. Would willingly go to hospital and beg for 24 hours unconscious in bed. Knowing how much is too much seems very difficult to judge until after the event. I am still taking slow release OxyContin twice daily plus small dose diazepam and amitryptyline at night ... Lots of small but very painful spasms today, surgical area 'burning' left leg weakness and general exhaustion. Despairing as I have had some reasonable days ...
    Wish you better and hope our next messages are more cheerful!
  • I'm so sorry to hear you're in so much pain. It doesn't sound like you did anything too strenuous. I thought I was being very careful while doing those things, but maybe that was still too much. I didn't feel too horrible the morning after, my low back was a bit more sore, and I had my normal morning stiffness and nerve pain that's been constant since surgery. After my nap was when it all hit me. Recovery can be so up and down its hard to tell what might irritate things even more. I questioned going to the ER initially but I figured they would offer me meds and send me home ( I already have meds). I find some relief when I'm lying down, but the symptoms are still there. I too feel a burning at times but it's in my buttocks and back side of my upper thigh (even when I'm off my feet). I also struggle with spasms and I am taking Valium as well. I'm still having restless nights and minimal improvement at this point. I hope you begin to feel better too. It can be quite discouraging to have set backs.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
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