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2 1/2 months post ALIF L5-S1

MichelleduhonMMichelleduhon Posts: 4
edited 09/08/2015 - 1:22 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi everyone. I have a quick question.

I am currently in back brace 24/7 and have not begun therapy or anything. I see my surgeon again in 2 weeks for my 3 month post op Check up where he will have me do flexion/extension imaging to see if the fusion "set up" properly. My question is....anyone experience immediate relief from pain and radiation and numbness right after surgery up until 3 weeks post op and then get the pain and radiation down butt and legs all at once? I felt awesome after surgery and had practically stopped taking narcotic pain meds. Then the day after my 3 week check up, I woke up in immense pain in my low back, butt, hips and legs. I kept in contact with my surgeon for the week and then he told me to come in to the office. I was running low grade fever and my muscle spasms were so severe he sent me to the hospital to have work up done to rule out infection. Luckily, I did not have any infection so my surgeon chalked it up to severe inflammation. He ended up giving me a jump start steroid shot and put me on oral steroids for a week. After no relief from those I was told to come back in to the office for an injection into the surgical area. That gave me instant relief but was very short lived. Now, 2 1/2 months out, I walk with a limp because I feel like my right leg hip joint is stuck and I can't rotate my hip at all. My surgeons hoping it's just from me not starting therapy yet. I also have A LOT of buttocks pain (with numerous knots in both side of my butt) if I try to stand up straight I get shooting pain from my lowest part of my back ( just above my butt) down my butt and into my legs. If I stand in one spot too long then try to take a step I get a sudden shooting pain from my right hip and goes down my legs. Anyone experiencing these symptoms after a fusion ? If so, what has your surgeon recommended is going on?

Sorry it turned out to be so long. Thanks in advance

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Michelle Duhon
6 level bilateral facet injections (thoracic&lumbar)
2 level-3x LESI's
L5-S1 micro discectomy
L5-S1 ALIF June 2015
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