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Lumbar Fusion surgery 9 weeks ago

schwabakasschwabaka Posts: 1
edited 07/05/2015 - 11:52 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi I am new to this forum. I had lumbar spinal fusion L1-S1 9 weeks ago and I am just wondering where I should be out in terms of recovery. I am still in a lot of pain. I had leg pain before surgery in both legs and i still have bad leg pain. I started Physical therapy last week which has increased some of the pain. I also stopped the brace this week. Medication s I am on for pain- I have been weaned off oxycodon, Taking 1500-1800 mg of gabapentin for nerve pain in legs, a muscle relaxant at night to help me sleep, and tylenol during the day (2500 mg). I had the surgery to hopefully get rid of the leg pain and I am so worried now. I also have numbness in my toes which I had some before surgery but it seems worse now. Also, down my legs my hamstrings seem really tight. My dr doesn't really tell me where I should be at in terms of recovery. I've read it takes 6 months to a year to feel better and nerves take a long time to regenerate. Hoping t his is true. One last thing I also getting a burning pain in my lower back that runs through the "crotch" area. So uncomfortable. Anyone with adivce and been through this would be greatly appreciated.


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