Hi to everyone recovering,
I am just around 2 months post-op a minimally invasive TLIF, one level fusion L5-S1 area. I started physical therapy 3 weeks ago, 2x per week. This past month I have had my good and bad days. I am currently off all my pain medications, but have been contact my Neuro service this past 3 weeks about a bad sciatic pain, starting from my left buttock down to my mid thigh which is most exacerbated at night time, to the point where everyother night I am getting 4-5 hours of sleep. I am health professional myself and have tried all the natural remedies to aid In sleeping better My service (e.g. PA and RN) have told me to continue with PT focusing on deep tissue, they don't want to give me anything for pain besides Robaxin and a 1 wk steroid prescription which I didn't feel much relief from. I am literally so frustrated, I go back to work in 1 week and definitely can't be sleeping like this. I never was on any pain medication prior to my surgery, I dealt with the pain through stretching and occasion a NSAID or Tylenol. I feel like my service is ignoring my issues. My next visit with them to review my second Xray is at the end of September.
I am concerned about my pain and lack of sleep, should I schedule a Primary care doctor appointment? I don't want to rely on narcotics and/or relaxants but I am currently taking 3 Tylenol PM to help me sleep which is inconsistent with helping me sleep through the sciatic pain. I have all sorts of pillows to help, I stretch prior to sleeping and still feel bothered.
Any advice would be helpful. I start work in a week and I am concerned about the my service avoiding this issue. I am not sure how to go about this issue. Any feedback would be great ;/