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Pain the same or worse after surgery is normal, right?

Penguinz90PPenguinz90 Posts: 22
edited 12/26/2014 - 7:21 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 23 days post op (laminectomy, L3-L4 fusion with titanium bolts and screws, cage and bone graph) and the sciatica is much better on my left side (which is where most of my problems were) but now my right side is xxxx ! my skin around my incision, lower back and hips is hypersensitive to the touch...just running fingers along it hurts. I barely moved yesterday, rolling over in bed and my entire right leg hurts so bad now, nothing touches it. It is a combination of sciatica pain, occassional burning around my ankle and bottom of foot (just lasts a few seconds) and overall achiness up and down the entire leg. My doctor spoke with me briefly before I left the hospital and he said things were much worse than he expected when they got in there (fusion L3-L4). My bone was so degenerated and messed up they could physically see the damage, which I guess is not really common. He also expected the vertebra to be stuck and difficult to move (50% spondylolisthesis), but instead he was able to move it mostly back into position because it was completely unstable and slipping and sliding all over the place. My disc was completely crushed into the spinal canal so he removed it and added a cage, my nerves were totally compressed. I haven't seen him since because they had to remove my staples a few days before my appointment with him (I am allergic to metal and was developing an infection from them) and so I won't see him for another month to discuss things. His office said it's normal to still feel sciatica pains and such, but I would feel more comfortable hearing about the experiences of others who have actually been through it themselves. Thanks and happy holidays everyone!
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