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Post Op anterior and posterior lumbar fusion L4-L5, L5-S1

My surgery was 01/30/19 with 1 complication. Once released from the hospital I felt really good for about 4 days. Now I feel 10x worse. Not sure if anyone else has had the same thing happen after surgery but I feel like air is being pumped into my buttocks and then hurts in the legs as well. Anyone else experiencing this??



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,425

    You are so fresh out of surgery.  There are bound to be several ups and downs during the recovery process.

    Please read  Recovery, the most important phase - Patience

    But I always tell members, that when something becomes unbearable or something new, contact your surgeon to discuss it

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I agree with Ron, anything that is new and severe needs to be reported to your surgeon, I also agree that you are very early in recovery, most likely nerves are waking up and that can be very painful, if you are not already taking nerve specific medications your doctor may want you to do so

    Spine-Health Moderator

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  • Thank you. I did speak to my surgeon and he prescribed steroids which totally relieved the nerve pain. I’m now 4 weeks out and returned to work today! I know I’m still healing so I’m taking it easy. My anterior incision is completely healed with no pain whatsoever. But I still have a significant amount of swelling in my back. And is even more apparent when wearing my back brace. Any suggestions?

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