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Major increase in left side sciatic pain

I had a two level fusion surgery (L4-S1) on 1/8/16. I've been diligently following doc's orders as far as the physical exercise I'm permitted to be doing at this stage (read: walking! ). Since late Sun night/ Mon morning, I have been experiencing absolutely excruciating pain which radiates from my left buttock down to the left foot. It is worse than what I was going through prior to the surgery! Even though I am on quite the post-op regimen of pain meds including valium for spasms, these medications are barely touching the pain, and I am back to the pre-surgery status of pain waking me up throughout the night. Is this simply a normal aspect of the recovery process? Trying not to be a wimp or unnecessarily worried about this, but WOW. .that pain is beyond eye-opening!
Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
Firm believer in PMA!


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    when it comes to spinal surgery recovery. Everything takes time.

    Take a look at: Recovery, the most important phase of spinal surgery

    It is really not that uncommon to experience some of the pain you have, especially so soon after surgery. Many people find total relief directly after surgery, then they go through post surgical pain recovery and then the actual recovery starts. Reading my thread, you will see that there are many ups and downs during this process. If there was one word I could communicate, it would be Patience
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Is not only appreciatrd, but you described in exact detail my immediate post-surgical experience--ZERO sciatic pain til just a few days ago...the return of that familiar demon was giving my worries a bit of a stir, but the fact that you could describe my pain process so accurately not only indicates that it's normal, but helps to replace worry with relief. I am going to check out the link...thank you SO much!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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