Age 29 and started having severe sciatica about a year ago and had a MRI and found out I had Spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 grade 2 when bending. Lots of movement. My left leg, especially on inner thigh and butt would be on fire, then extending down to my foot. I have a desk job and sitting all day was killing me. I'd have to get up and walk around constantly, soon as I stand up it would go away. Then standing to long would cause my feet to burn and tingle. I didn't have too much back pain unless I did something strenuous or lifting. I will say that I think some of my sensations might have been from stress not knowing what was wrong. After I found out a reason for all this, the pain subsided some.
Went to a well known Neurosurgeon that a lot of my coworkers had good success with. We first tried epidural shot and didn't notice much change. Over time the sciatica was less noticeable and manageable, but still was a limiting factor in my life. I couldn't enjoy the things I like to do. Surgery was recommended and so I went ahead. My father has same issue and has been dealing with it for years so I decided to get it fixed now before it gets worse.
Had surgery 8/26, in hospital 4 days. First week at home was slow, needed help doing simple tasks, but quickly able to get up and walk around with no problems. After about 3-4 weeks was feeling pretty good other than a dull pain in my back if bending over. I was scheduled to go back to work after 6 weeks. The weekend before this I think I was a little too active. I was on a bumpy mountain road for about 45min each way. I could tell my sciatica coming back, mind you I hadn't noticed too much until now. I did have some the first week after surgery which doctor said was expected. My back was feeling sore after the weekend and was feeling pain from heel of my left foot up into my lower back where I always experienced pain. I had appointment with doctor the day before going back to work and expressed my concerns. I was worried I messed something up with screws and he said possibly but not likely, probably just inflammation and I just aggravated it some. I go back to work the next day and sitting for 8 hours was killing me. Within about 15 min of sitting my left leg and butt is on fire.
I'm fine if I'm in a recliner or laying in bed. I was even fine riding in the car up until now and now my leg is burning again in car.
My question is.. am I just tense and stressed out from going back to work and this is causing this? I've read anxiety and stress can cause similar symptoms.I think I was worried about going back to work and how I was going to be and also whether or not I did any damage. My xray was taken prior to the weekends activities. Now I am just left wondering could I have broken a screw or did it come loose? Doctor said it is in there tight and would be hard for it to come out. Would I really know it if this was the case? Would I be in a lot of pain all the time?
If I can get my mind off work my pain it isn't too bad. I think maybe I'm just worried too much. Maybe that was part of my issues before the surgery too. While I was off work it was a stress free time and was doing well I thought.
Muscle relaxers and pain meds do help some. I sleep fine and always have.
Doctor was a little concerned that I was feeling burning/tingling now and that I could feel pain when bending. He said I may be of the few that can feel hardware because I'm so thin and may have to have it taken out after it is fused.
He gave me an anti-inflammatory but that didn't seem to help any and I was worried about taking that as I've read not to take these until it is starting to fuse. He said it was ok to take now.
Anyway I am just looking for guidance, I hope I didn't do anything to mess it up. Is it normal to go backwards and what could be causing sciatica to come back. I'm just hoping there is light at the end of the tunnel, because at this point I'm worse now than before the surgery.