I had my 6 month post op review with my surgeon today & the good news is I'm fusing really well & will have complete fusion by the 12 month mark.
On the downside, I felt he was a little too dismissive of the nerve pain I'm still having in my ankle. I've had it since waking up from my 2nd discectomy back in March 2014. I'm currently taking Lyrica which takes the edge off (I could go a higher dose but found I was too fuzzy & sleepy) & celebrex most days, both of which he is happy for me to continue.
The age old problem of weighing up doing too little or too much is driving me nuts at the moment. I've increased my activity level (more walking, aqua aerobics, hydrotherapy & Pilates) & returned to work (Yay! For my husband doing half days).
I get the feeling that my surgeon seems to think that because my CT looks good his bit should all be ok. I'm all for sucking it up & getting on with things.
I know nerves are finicky & the healing time varies but am curious how & when others have maybe conceded to having permanent nerve damage & if this was formally diagnosed? I'm aware that 6 months post op is still early days but the nerve pain at my ankle has pretty much remained unchanged for nearly a year.
I'm still glad I had the fusion. My life is so much better,
Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014