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Nerve Pain 4 weeks post op L4-S1 Fusion

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 having 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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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 731
    Most likely your reoccuring nerve pain is just the nerves trying to find a new normal. Your nerves were crushed and inflammed for a long time and it will take several months for the nerves to calm down and fully heal. Duing this time they will go through various stages of healing that may result in fresh pains something like pre-op. Having said that... don't over do it... no BLT!!! You may feel better... but your body is not done healing yet at only 4 weeks post op.
    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
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