I had an L4-5 microdisectomy and foraminectomy on 9/17 so I'm about 6 weeks out, and I am still having severe pain and spasms. I have talked to my surgeon a couple of times cause the pain is at least to where it was prior to the surgery, he doesn't seem to think that I have re-herniated but I'm still worried cause I'm still having to take 2-4 mg of dilaudid at least once a day sometimes 2-3 times. (I am prescribed 1-2 every 6-8 hours so I'm good there.) I never really had total relief of pain on my left side in the back and into the buttox but I have had initial relief of the numbness in my left leg although my foot is still numb in areas. My main concern is that since I am having pain out to BOTH sides now that I may have reinjured my back some how. My surgeon thinks that it is a flare up and inflammation but if PT doesn't help when I go in for my 2 month post op he will investigate further.
Also I seem to be 'fine' during PT but about 1 hour after I am in a living hell, where I can hardly get into a comfortable position. I live my life on muscle relaxers and while I am trying to only take the Dilaudid at night I find that NSAIDS and Tylenol just don't do the trick.
Should I be worried or am I just freaking my self out?