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Nerve pain 4 weeks post op L4-S1 spinal fusion

Johnsonra33JJohnsonra33 Posts: 7
edited 01/24/2016 - 9:49 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi! I am new to this site, but have found some great information. Just to give you some background info on me....I am a 26 year old female that had a lumbar fusion at L4-S1 almost 4 weeks ago. I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease 4 years ago. I'm a very fit, athletic girl. I initially had a herniated disc at L4/L5 and had a microdiscectomy in Aug, 2014 due to severe sciatica in my left leg. The surgery successfully took my pain away. Five months later in January, 2015 I began havong unbearable sciatica in my right butt, behind my thigh and in my calf. It showed my DDD was so advanced that I needed a fusion. I was scared and did all the conservative methods to prevent having another surgery. I did PT for 3 months, 5 epidural injections, saw a physiatrist, went to several pain management doctors, tried nerve pain medication...etc. nothing helped so I finally had my L4-S1 fused on Dec 29, 2015 (4 weeks ago.)

Everything was great for 2.5 weeks. I left the hospital after two days, was walking 1-1.5 miles a day after a week, wasn't taking any pain medicine 3 days post op. On the third week post op my sister had a baby, I was in a car, at the hospital, sitting up for 1-2 hours at a time, holding the baby, helping change her...I did this for 3-4 days and just a few days ago I started feeling my old sciatic pain in my right leg return. It's a little above my knee, behind my knee, and into my calf.

Do you think I simply over did it and now things are inflamed? Is it normal to feel the same nerve pain I had before surgery? I see my doctor in a week and will talk to him then. At my two week appt he did an X-ray and said things look great. I'm just nervous this sciatica won't go away.

Thanks for your input and help!!


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