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severe tailbone pain and numbness in legs 5 weeks post L4-S1 fusion

katie0219kkatie0219 Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:54 AM in Recovering from Surgery
On May 23 I had a L4-S1 fusion with 8 1 inch insions in my back, 6 screws, rods. I am now up for an hour to an hour and a half walking around and doing light things (such as emptying dishwasher, walking slowly outside, etc) then down for about an hour 1/2 with ice pack. About a week ago I started to have increased tailbone pain. I have had problems with my tailbone before the surgery, so now I am not sure if this is just a normal part of the process or if my tailbone problems are back. Has anyone else had tailbone pain after this type of procedure in lower spine? It never goes away, even with pain meds (although I have cut down significantly on them, because my back pain is manageable with less now). I don't know if I am doing too much, or this is just part of the process. I have broken my 8 lb. rule 4 or 5 times when i have had to pick up my 25 lb. son. Did I screw everything up?

I also (ok so this is embarrassing) have had numbness since the surgery any time I need to "sit" on the toilet for 5 minutes or more. It lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. My feet actually start to turn white while sitting even if it is only for 5 minutes. Is this normal?

At 5 weeks post op how much could you do? were you up and around most of the day, for a few hours, an hour and then needed to lay down? Just trying to see where I am at.

Thanks in advance for reading and any sharing you do!


  • You are doing too much too early. Even bending over getting dishes out of the dishwasher and lifting you child. You need to get some family help to assist you at home. You shouldn't be lifting or bending down and it's important for your back to heal. You could crouch down to assist your child or have him sit beside you but please no lifting. Please contact your Surgeon with any new symptoms.

    Hopefully someone who's had surgery can help you more. I see your post is way down so thought to bring it to the top by answering you. Take care and praying you have complete recovery. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I finally got ahold of my doctor after calling the docter office 3 times in a week and no response, by texting him in his cell (which is apparently why he gave me his cell, the front office staff sucks). I go in tomorrow for a check up (2 weeks earlier then originally scheduled). He said the numbness with sitting was to be expected right now, but the increased tailbone pain he wanted to check me out for that.

    After the surgery the doctor said the only limitations I had was not lifting over 5 lbs. I specificall asked about bending, twisting, and he said stop if increased pain. The problem is I usually don't feel increased pain while I am doing things, but an hour or so later when it's too late. i have tried the last few days to really pull back from doing things. It is pretty difficult right now. We are loosing our house and my husband wants a divorce (said after 7 years of me having back problems and being in pain, and how much the pain med's and muscle relaxers make me not a happy camper and short tempered he just can't do it anymore). so he is here to take care of our 3 year old and to help me get through the first 12 weeks but that't it, so I think I have pushed it trying to help out so he doesn't feel as overwhelmed and will actually stay the whole 12 weeks.

    Thanks again for trying to help.
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  • I am sorry that you are having coccyx pain and numbness. Glad to see that you were finally able to get in to see your doctor tomorrow. Please let us know how it goes.

    I agree with Charry that you are doing way too much. Terrible that you are having to go through your recovery with your husband stating that he wants a divorce. My heart goes out to you. Is there any other family member or friend that could come by and help you out? You really need to take care of yourself so that you heal/recover to take care of your son in the future.

    All the best to you tomorrow, you are in my thoughts.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
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