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4 weeks post L5/S1 Surgery

Eddielong68EEddielong68 Posts: 1
edited 01/14/2016 - 9:58 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Still in very much pain down my right leg from my buttocks to my ankle and it's veen 4 weeks. It was my second surgery for the same problem. Numbness, sharp pains and tingling. I've been trying to walk as much as i can but the pain limits me. I didnt have theses problems after my first surgery 2 years ago. Does this surgery sound unsuccessful or can it take this long to heal?


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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 728
    I've had two lumbar fusion surgeries in the past 3 years. After the first surgery (PLIF L4-L5-S1) I woke up with ZERO nerve pain. After the second surgery (same surgeon) I woke-up with ALL of the nerve pain as pre-op and MORE. It took 4 long horrible months for the nerves to calm down and the nerve pain to go away. Like you I was worried that something was wrong with the surgery.... and I keep asking my doctor.... but he assured me everything he had done was fine... and that sometimes it just takes awhile for the nerve swelling to go down. He told me to walk EVERYDAY as much as I could tolerate... even if it was only 5 minutes. About the only thing you can do is take pain meds to help tolerate the pain. Hang in there... you will see light at the end of the tunnel... it just take time more time.
    Harry - 63 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
  • ispyiispy San DiegoPosts: 1
    Thanks for this post Liz and Harry for the answer, I was wondering the same thing. I am almost three weeks post partial discectomy/laminectomy at L2-L3 for centrally herniated disc. Neurosurgeon said the herniation was HUGE and in the spinal column, and he had to dig around the nerves to get at it. I seemed to do better the first week after surgery, but since then it has been downhill. If I don't take pain pills every 4 hours I can't handle the pain down my leg. I have pain in my leg even WITH the pain pills. I could only get his Physician's Assistant on the phone at first, and the guy is a jerk. Finally got the neurosurgeon on the phone after throwing a fit, and he said it may take longer for the angry nerves to calm down -- but he was surprised I was still in pain, which was not reassuring. I'm trying to decide if I should go for a second opinion, but this neuro is like one of the best in the West U.S. for this surgery. So good to hear from Harry that it just may take longer but we'll get there in the end. They're gonna have to refill and give me more pain meds though, and the Physician's Assistant (the jerk who is the only one I can communicate with most of the time) was being stingy with them. And I usually refuse all pain meds so it isn't like I'm a druggie..... ugh. Liz you posted this on 14 Jan -- have things gotten better?
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