On August 26th I underwent a spinal fusion at L-3, L-5 due to spondylolisthesis, stenosis, and degenerative disease. I had already gone through PT, epidurals, nerve blocks, even nerve ablation. After suffering for several years, I decided to go with the surgery.
My husband and I felt fairly confident that we were ready for the recovery time and work but certainly not the hand I was dealt. The fusion went fine. It was minimally invasive from my left side. But I woke up with the most hideous primal pain I have ever had in my life going down my right leg. They could not give me enough pain killers to deaden it. The dr. was at a loss. So he waited 4 days to see if it would calm down. It didn't. Our only choice it seemed was an exploratory incision about 5 inches long to the right side of my spine just above my hip. It turned out that a chip of bone splintered off from where he was doing the fusion and embedded itself in muscle near my sciatic nerve.
I haven't had a quiet moment in my body since. My right hip feels as though it's separating. The incision is healing nicely, or so they tell me, but I could swear it's coming apart. I have a constant sciatic explosion going on inside and outside of my right leg. I haven't been able to sleep in weeks.
The odd thing is that it really doesn't get bad until night. So I spend the night walking through the 1st floor of our townhouse, exercising and icing it and then trying to get some sleep in a chair. I don't seem to be able to lay down.
I am waiting now for an appt for an MRI to try to find out the problem. I am scared to death I will be living with this for the rest of my life.