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Sciatica 4 weeks post of L4-S1 Fusion

I had a lumbar fusion at my L4-S1, 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 nearly the whole third week. Going into the fourth week 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 and ankle.

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!!


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    It is good you have appointment with doctor to double check.

    I have not been candidate for surgery, but curious....did your doctor give you any limitations, or restrictions, with your activity?

    I do know that there is a lot of the bending, lifting, twisting involved with even a tiny infant.
    And I know how difficult it can be to keep myself away from wanting to touch or hold my grandchildren....like all the time!
    The twisting part I thought I had under control, until I realized that even while sitting, the twisting motion to reposition myself for better comfort...while holding baby...took a toll on my spine and sciatic pain for me.

    So, I quickly learned, and never was shy about saying, "Please, hand me that child to my lap!"

    I wish you the best for Doctor appointment to exam you, guide you, and or reassure you!

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