I had a microdisectomy on 23.6.15 following a year of constant lower back pain from a severely herniated/prolapsed L5/S1 disc, following a lifting accident at work, which was resting on nerves also causing left leg pain, affecting how I walked and sat; some sciatica but not what I would call constant or chronic.
I had an epidural a few months in which didn't do anything and was advised the only solution was to have surgery.
I was told a nerve ruptured during surgery but as it was repaired swiftly there were no problems and the surgery went well.
Everything was going fine until the following day after my 10 day posy op check up where I started to get chronic headaches, much worse when standing/sat up in bed and a big lump appeared under the wound, I was checked out in hospital and advised it was probably a dural tear/spinal fluid leak as my wound was not infected.
My surgeon saw me the following week and said this had been the case, I was told to rest lying flat for the duration of about 10 days only standing and walking to shower/use the toilet etc. to enable the tear time to heal.
Once this had healed everything was going ok again, good amount of mobility and little pain/aches. I had more feeling in my left leg then before the surgery, and could wiggle most of my toes as before I could really move these.
Then 4 weeks ago today, whilst getting up off the toilet of all places, I felt something 'go' in my lower back/top of my bottom..this became achey and sensitive/more painful when walking/sitting/transition moves. I had the 6 week up check up a few days later and mentioned this to the surgeon, she said it is likely that I had pulled a muscle in my bottom/lower back. The X rays came back fine so all was okay.
4 weeks on, this pain has not improved only gotten worse; I am in pain all of the time, I can only sit for a few minutes without significant pain..walking is okay, I am being advised to carry on with 2/3 x 30/45 minute walks at slow-ish pace per day, some light physio exercises but this is tricky as I have been told to not bend still, this is to be reviewed at the 12 week check up due in 2 weeks. I have also been advised to not twist/lift anything heavier than a full kettle.
I am doing everything they are telling me but am struggling big time as 10 weeks post op it is worse than before the surgery and 6 weeks post op. Surely by now it should be getting better, even if small improvements? I am so worried about not being able to sit or stand still for long as working, travelling, socialising, relaxing and just general living requires this!
Any advice would be really so helpful. I have seen a chiro for advice only but none the wiser as to why it is getting worse.
If I have pulled a muscle then I need help on what to do to heal this, and clarification on why it is hurting so much a few weeks on.
I have called the hospital and they are sending an email to my surgeon who is on Monday. I will be phoning again on Monday to plead for some help.
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