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Feeling worse 4 wks post op

Joshthom1JJoshthom1 Posts: 2
edited 03/16/2015 - 5:34 AM in Recovering from Surgery

I am nearly 4 weeks post op for Spinal Decompression and fusion L5/S1. I was initially surprised at how little pain in felt at first (except at the incision site) I did have some pain in my right leg which my surgeon was not concerned about, but now I have started having pain in my left buttock and hip mainly when I lie down and at night quite painful.

Is this normal at all to start getting these pains at 4 weeks? I am panicking in case I have done something wrong!! I am seeing my consultant Friday so will check with him them, but just wondered has anyone else had anything like this?

I am trying to walk each day, about 2 miles a day, not sure if this is good or bad?

Thank you!


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 03/16/2015 - 5:35 AM
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  • Hi! Four weeks is pretty early. I'd say the fact that you're walking everyday is a great step forward (no pun intended). I had the same issues and still do three months post op. I turned the corner with physical therapy. They pushed me pretty hard but I think the pain was due to using muscles in a different way. Sounds normal. Its a long slow recovery. Keep on walking and don't get discouraged ✳
  • Doug HellDoug Hell Posts: 335
    edited 03/17/2015 - 4:15 AM
    You are now officially well on your way on the roller coaster ride to recovery. Welcome aboard. Unfortunately, there will be many ups and downs throughout this journey and often times it gets worse before it'll get any better.... Hang on tight.

    Remember that you're going through the acute pain phase which typically lasts about 3 months. Everything is angry and the sky is the limit for how your body reacts. I don't see anything out of the ordinary here, but I'm no Doctor, so when in doubt, get checked out. I commend you for taking the initiative in making an appointment with your Consultant.

    The mental aspect of your recovery plays an extremely important role with respect to the physical aspect. Try to remain optimistic, even under extreme circumstances. Those who are down and out mentally often take longer to heal physically. It is vital to deflect when feeling down. Do something that makes you happy or brings you happiness during those moments, as hard as it may be in that moment.... Most importantly, as Chris stated, keep walking and do NOT get discouraged! Patience and time are key here.

    Sending healing vibes your way! Keep us posted.

    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
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