Help .... 11 weeks post op now ... Today I was pretty active and did a small shop with staff packing and loading my car and I only put a few things in several bags, so all bags were very light. I also had a friend for a quick sandwich lunch and then only a short break before my daughter came over with my three small grandchildren. This, of course, all involves a lot of moving around even without any BLT!
I have been getting a little careless with bending though I still am wearing the corset all day as instructed. I find not lifting the easiest thing to avoid, but leaning a bit too far or crouching down a bit if my grabber is in another room is probably harder to ignore if I am honest.
I have been getting some sciatica since the op., but today it became much more severe, all the way down to my foot and with some mild tingling and numbness as well. I have taken some extra amitryptyline and am resting with the heat pad. I see my surgeon for a 12 week follow up and X-rays next week. He said no point going a CT until around six months as he did not expect to see much evidence of fusing until then, so I assume the X-Ray is to make sure all the hardware is where he left it.
I understand that my previously decompressed nerves are playing up and regenerating, but can overdoing the movement over the course of the day make the nerve pain itself so much worse when the pain in my back beneath the surgical area is not too bad?
I am beginning to worry about the bone grafts maybe not taking .... Think I am having a panic day which is odd as I have generally become calmer and less worried about all the different aches and pains ... Mainly because of what I read on the forums I have been less panicked by these things and have accepted them as part of the healing process.
Feb 22nd ..had
TLIF bilateral at L4/L5 with spinal cyst removed and bone graft into left facet joint and laminectomy and decompression
Plus TLIF bilateral at L5/S1 , right facet joint removed, disc removed and cage in
Please reassure me I am unlikely to have done some damage ... Should I ask for an MRI ?