I am new to this but would really appreciate some advice. Three months ago I had a spinal stenosis, decompression and spinal fusion of L4/5. Prior to the surgery I had severe pain down through my hip, calf and foot so surgery was suggested to fix it. I am 50 and was fit and active prior to this.
After the surgery I was completely pain free and felt great and took no pain relief after 7days. I was walking, attending hydro therapy and was managing all basic activities by 7-8 weeks but then I developed a pain in my hip again which over time extended back down into my leg and almost identical to my original pain (Aching hip, shooting cramp like pains in my leg.)
I went back to the surgeon who thought that I may have overdone things and to take it easy and it would get better but now at 3months (5 weeks later) it seems worse and more consistent. He also took an X-ray that showed everything to be in place.
I am back on pain relief (nortriptyline) but it hasn't kicked in yet as it is only been two days. I canttKe tramadol as it makes me vomit and gabapenton doesn't work.
I am really worried that the surgery hasn't worked but wonder why I had such a great start with 7 weeks pain free if this was so. Has anyone experienced the same thing - had no pain then developing pain but made a full recovery. Is this really just temporary pain? I read that after 3 months what you are feeling is pretty much what you are left with. Do any of you know? How long long can I expect to be in pain like this?
Thanks so much