I am 4 weeks out from an L4/L5 TLIF which so far seems to have been successful. Prior to the surgery I had sciatic pains down both legs and into my feet with resulting pins and needles and leg heaviness. The surgery seemed to have resolved the leg pain issues and the healing has been going well. I have been walking and fairly active generally
I am trying not to do too much around the house, bending, stretching etc and my husband has been cooking and cleaning so that I can avoid standing. Two days ago I tried lying on the floor and stretching my legs up the wall - the stretch felt great but yesterday (and I don't know if this is related) I developed pins and needles down my right leg and into my toes. It feels as though my upper buttock is bruised over what I assume is the right sacro iliac joint although there is no mark and the skin burns if I touch it. When walking, especially up stairs, or standing I get a stabbing pain in the joint as well.
This is different to the type of pre op pain that I experienced and half of me is scared stiff that I have done something to the fusion site and the other half is aware that fusion is major surgery and to just leave it until all the nerves and muscles reknit. The problem is that no painkillers seem to get on top of the pain and I am feeling thoroughly miserable and not able to walk more than a few steps at a time. For the first month after surgery I had no numbness so this is a new development.
Please can anyone tell me if this is 'normal' recovery pain or something I need to watch.
Many thanks for any assistancePostoperative Care for Spinal Fusion Surgery