On Dec 4, 2014 I had a 45 minute operation to remove a large facet cyst from L 4/5. For 36 hours after the surgery (I went home the same day), I was nearly pain free. Up til then, for at least six weeks I had progressive and unbearable pain in my legs.
After the first 36 hours, pain suddenly returned in full force.
Originally my surgeon told me I might walk away with complete relief; and that post-op recovery would take ten days; full recovery including a back brace, six weeks. Now his response to my pain is that this is 'normal' and it will get better. So far, five days out, I'm less mobile and in more pain than before surgery. What on earth is going on? What can I do? I'm on powerful pain meds. They give some relief. But not much. Freedom - gone. I'm a swimmer and a walker. I can't even go in to work. Help!