I'm 16 weeks post op from L4/L5 XLIF/decompression and I'm a little nervous that the surgery was unsuccessful. The main reason I had the fusion was due to severe nerve damage and thigh pain and the beginning stages of drop foot. This was my only spine surgery. The NS felt that this was the only option to reverse the nerve damage. The foot drop is 100% gone, and has been since right after surgery. I started PT a few weeks ago and I definitely have more mobility, which causes more pain in my back. My thigh pain has returned, it's not as bad as before, but i'm concerned that it's back. I'm having such a difficult time sleeping between my back, side and thigh, i don't sleep much.
I've gained over 40lbs since surgery and I know that's not helping matters either. I've been off all the strong pain meds for a few weeks. I just didn't like how they made me feel. I take a norco 5mg, every once in a while.
I've been back to work for a while, I work out at the gym and i'm able to function daily. I'm just wondering if this is normal for me to have a constant 5-6 pain? NS says it takes a very long time for nerves to heal, I know that I just need to be patient. I'm considering massage therapy or acupuncture. Any input is greatly appreciated. I don't take any nerve meds as I had a bad reaction to them. Topamax worked wonders on the drop foot, but since that's gone I wonder if that will work for the thigh pain? I guess it's worth asking. Is it too early to be worried?
36 Year old mom of 4 awesome kido's, and married to the love of my life!
IT Assistant with the Federal Government.
L4/L5 XLIF 6/21/213 to correct nerve damage to my right leg.
Each day is a step forward, even if it's baby steps!