I had a spinal fusion about 11 months ago from T10-L3. I had a couple questions that I am curious to see answered by people with some experience with this. My doctor cleared me about 5 months ago and told me I could do whatever I want.
My first question is pretty simple. I can physically do a sit up, but what I wonder if this is good for my body? I'm no doctor, but it seems that a sit up will put a lot of stress on my two remaining lumbar vertebrae. And being 22 years old, I will hopefully need those for a while. Basically the only exercises I do for my core to support my back, are the plank facing down and towards the left and right.
Next thing I was curious about was some leg pain. So I should say that my fusion was needed because I was hit by a car on my bike. For about a week following (surgery and accident) I couldn't move my left leg, and it was stuck pointing downwards, my lower leg was numb, and my calf at the same time was ultra ultra sensitive to the touch (screeching pain if anyone squeezed it). Of course, in my stay at the hospital that repeatedly checked for blood clots but couldn't find anything.
After some physically therapy, I was able to start moving it, but shortly afterwards I started getting extreme leg pain around the femoral nerve. At first my trauma doctors thought it was muscle soreness, but after it lasted for 2 weeks and made it impossible to walk unless I tried to walk within an hour of taking percocet, my spinal surgeon prescribed me Gabapentin, which immediately cleared the problem almost completely with some slight pain in the background. The spinal surgeon had mentioned that there is some very slight narrowing that might be causing the issues, but also mentioned that nerve regeneration is a very slow process. I stopped taking it about 3 months afterwards and was left with that same slight pain in the background but didn't have the extreme pain.
So the pain is still the same, just very slight and in the background. I can only feel the pain if I: 1) bend my back backwards or my leg backwards 2) bring my leg towards my chest 3) sometimes walking will bring on the pain. The pain did get significantly more intense for about a day and a half after falling. My calf is still slightly numb on the surface, but pressing deep on it reveals that it is also ultra sensitive... kind of a odd combination.
My question is, is it possible that the slight pain that I've always had since the accident is unrelated to nerves and possibly some other issue that might slowly develop into something more serious? Or does all of this fit the standard nerve damage to the femoral nerve? I ask this because as far as I know, my doctor diagnosed the nerve pain from prescribing gabapentin.
Whew, hopefully some of that makes sense. Thanks for the help. I figure someone here might have had a similar experience.