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Feels like something is poking out of my back.

Since about three weeks post op I have a lump on my back. It is difficult to wear clothes with a normal waistband and more painful to sit in chairs with my back against the backrest. I feel like something is poking through my skin. I still have all the numbness and sciatic pain that I had pre surgery and it seems to be getting worse. I am now 11 weeks post surgery. The neurosurgeon's assistant saw me at the follow up and said that the bump was fluids and the X-rays were normal. I went to the radiologist and asked for a copy of the x-Rays and it looks like the screws in the L4 are now in far enough if at all. I realize that I'm not a doctor but I would like to have other peoples opinions of what they think.
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  • nobody is qualified here to interpret it. Your best bet is to contact your surgeon (not the assistant) and ask what is going on. He can tell you if a screw is not in the right place, and if you have some liquid-filled bump by the surgical site he can advise you if it needs to be treated (perhaps drained) or it is expected to go away after a while.
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