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6 months post TLIF L5S1

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


  • Sounds like you are doing good. Had 2 level and I am at the 6 months. I had permanent nerve damage before the op with numbness and tingling. I still have that now but less severe. I also had severe headaches and nausea before the surgery. The nausea is gone but the headaches are returning with exercise, walking, housework. I cannot walk for more than 25 minutes without the foot going numb. Just wondering if you had any of the same symptoms and what medications are helping. I will soon be directed to a pain specialist to help. Also considering adding aqua therapy and does it help? Thanx
  • I love aqua therapy. It has helped me a lot. It's exercise I can do & I always feel great while doing it. I did learn when to back it off so that I didn't feel crap afterwards. I try & go at least twice a week.
    My foot continues to go numb & tingle at random times. Could be walking , driving or even watching TV! I think I'm just going to have to live with it.
    I didn't have any nausea or headaches.
    I'm currently taking lyrica 75mg in the morning & 150mg at night. I was taking 150mg in the morning but it made me really drowsy by mid afternoon. I'm thinking of going back to it though as I'm not sleeping too well. My dr told me to experiment with the dose but take no more than 150mg twice a day. I also take celebrex (an anti inflammatory) if I know I'm going to be doing something quite physical (eg working or aqua aerobics). I have found it helps me cope afterwards. Most nights I also take some paracetamol. My surgeon has ok'd these medications although my general dr does the scripts. It's not as strict here in Australia as a lot of other places. Opiates are different but I don't take these anymore.

    Hope this helps,
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
    Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014
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