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L4-L5 fusion numbness in left leg shooting pain down right leg

Jacie1272JJacie1272 Posts: 4
edited 01/04/2016 - 8:38 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I am 3 weeks recovering from a spinal fusion and am in a lot of pain still. I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same issue. I can't sit, stand or lie down for more than a few minutes at a time without excruciating pain. I'm also experiencing pain in my left buttock like I feel a foreign object there. Maybe too much information. But I'm concerned I am not healing correctly. Thanks all
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 719
    edited 01/04/2016 - 4:41 PM
    Everyone is different but still having nerve pain like you've described 3 weeks after fusion is quite common. The spinal nerves sometimes take weeks/months to calm down from having been compressed/irritated/inflamed for so long. In my case after fusion surgery #1 the nerve pain was gone immediately... however after my second fusion surgery is was 4 long months before the nerve pain finally went away. Ask your doctor for some kind of pain meds to help you get through this part of your recovery.
    Harry - 62 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • I am on gabapentin for nerve pain. In my case, this med is amazing and takes the edge off of the nerve pain. I can function.
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