Hi again everybody,
I have a question. My L3/4 fusion was Dec. 18 (I've also had L4/5 fusion in 2010 and a 3-level ACDF in 2008). Everything seemed to be going well but I've had increasing nerve pain shooting down my left leg, the front of my thigh, and have a numb oval om my left calf.
Saturday night I was sitting on the floor with my little Wally when I moved wrong (don't know if I did the big no-no, twisting), but I suddenly had a major stabbing, shooting pain go down into my left leg all the way to my foot. I'm now having trouble walking, worse than before, and the pain is always there.
I had some nerve pain with my first lumbar surgery, but not to this extent or lasting this long. I can also actually press an area on my incision that will cause a sharp pain in my left thigh. We're talking debilitating at this point.
I discovered that if I lay down on the couch or bed on my right side, taking all pressure off my left leg, that it helps almost immediately. And the longer the better it is. It never goes away, but at least I can then walk without a walker or hanging on to furniture.
Knowing you're not doctors and knowing I'm seeing my surgeon on Friday, would you recommend bed rest for the week? Should I stop walking for a few days? What did you do to help your unprecedented and unexplained nerve pain? I'm not on nerve meds at this time, thinking this would go away, but it's just gotten worse and I don't know if I should do continual resting with no walks or just live with it.
Any idea what I should expect my surgeon is going to do? We're so afraid he'll have to go back in to fix this - are there exercises that might help?
So my questions are, from your experience, will bed rest help? Should I stop walking for a few days? Is there something else I should be doing? And what should I expect from my surgeon on Friday?
Any help would be appreciated.