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Post Op Lumbar Decompression Surgery


I’ve had a Lumbar Decompression Surgery with fusion and L5S1.

It was going well and most nerve compression caused by the disc protrusion (leg pain, numbness and tingling) was gone post op.

It’s been 6 weeks yesterday since the surgery and the last week or so the pain the my Lumbar spine at the site of the surgery has gotten worse and worse but only with movement.

I’ve wnds up in A&E last night as pain got out of hand and maxed out on pain meds.

They have run tests inc blood and xrays and it’s all fine but I cannot bend forward, get off chairs or a bed. 

I am told to keep moving within my pain limits but movement hurts.

GP put me on antibiotics but blood test showed no infection.

Is this experience shared by any out there?

I’ve had acupuncture, physio you name it.

First 4 weeks post op were ok but now it’s going downhill 



  • I had an injury from a procedure at L4/L5.  Couldn't walk for 6 weeks.  Took four months to get up off very raised toilet without help.  Six months later I can manage stairs, barely.  Healing takes a lot of time.

    Check with your doctor, keep him posted, and let us know how you are.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,175

    Have your talked to the surgeon who did the surgery?  Six weeks post op, you should be feeling somewhat better.   Many people but the magical number for really feeling better at 3 months

    Take a look at  Recovery, the most important phase

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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