I am 4 weeks post op - L4/L5 - L5/S1 ALIF - no instrumentation. Before the surgery, biggest complaint was left hip pain with sciatic - mainly left side. After I woke from surgery, aside from the incision pain, most of the pain was gone.
I was expecting the that I would have pain for 5 to 6 weeks but it would gradually get better as time went on. However, over the last 2 weeks, I get pain in both calves - kind of like I pulled a muscle. However, on the right top part of my thigh, I get really bad pins and needles/numbness mainly in late afternoon and evening. - sleeping is awful from just shifting positions - almost like a jolt of electricity going through my leg.
I seem to get a lot of conflicting advice. My next appointment with neurosurgeon is end of April to have x-ray to make sure fusion is fusing.
Has anyone experienced this kind of leg pain and and if so, how did it resolve?