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herniation of L4-L5 due to L5-S1 surgery?

I just had decompression surgery on 4/27 for a herniation at L5-S1, both sides, even though my leg pain was mostly on my left side. Had instant relief of leg pain and within a few days, no back pain. However, 2 weeks after surgery, I started getting severe cramps in my left calf and also pain on top of my left foot. Dr gave me pain meds and valuim for the cramps. It has now been 5 weeks since surgery and I have horrible back pain right above at L4-L5, which was buldged when I had the decompression surgery. In fact, every disc in my back up is buldged, except for the L5-S1 and the disc at top of back/neck which is also herniated. I am scheduled for an MRI as Dr warned me that having surgery could actually cause a buldging disc to herniate. Next step would be a fusion. Has anyone else experienced this? I really don't want a fusion but I also don't want to take pain meds and valuim for the rest of my life. I am a 50 yo f, but very active, 4 wheeling, diving, hotseback riding, ice hockey, hiking, etc
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