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nerve issue / left leg malfunction after lumbar fusion (not prior)

jojoherejjojohere Posts: 1
edited 03/17/2015 - 1:58 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello & Help! I am 12 weeks post op from Lumbar fusion L4-L5. My left leg was a bit "dead/heavy" after the surgery (NOT before) with the foot turned in. Doctor said it could be 8-12 weeks to get the nerve to calm down. I have improved a bit with strength and foot is not turned in (going to PT and time).. However I cannot do certain things like tippy toe, lift toes upward or tighten my left gluteal muscle, doing certain movements are a huge struggle (i.e., bending my knee and then pushing the leg back) weak or doesn't respond. I didn't have any limitations prior to surgery, the sciatic pain only went through my left glute and was not constant. I also developed bursitis in the left hip from the surgery (still a little swollen and a little painful with some limitations on movement). I just started Lyrica (I didn't feel I had a choice and want to discontinue as soon as possible.) I was seeing if anyone else experienced this and what you may have done to get back to normal. I am awfully scared that this may never return. (I do wear a night splint to get the sciatic nerve to stretch out but it wakes me up with burning in the middle foot and toes. I would say that alleviated some calf pain.) Thank you for your input. Jo Jo


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