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Post lumbar fusion and laminectomy

I had a fusion at L4/L5 and a laminectomy due to spondolethasis on 7-25-14. For the first 5 to 6 weeks I had a great deal of pain down ny right butt and back quad and foot. Than it went away quickly and at my 7 week apt with my Doctor HD told me I could go do what ever I wanted. I was doing very well til Oct 15 when I had a great deal of pain at my hip abductors when I was hiking. I had a massage and felt better but 3 days later it came back and has been getting worse. Bilateral upper quad sciatice and both feet go numb. Did a prednisone burst. Not much help Now I have an MRI scheduled for Nov 7 and an apt with the Neuro Doc on the 23th. Worried about scar tissue or L/3/L4 going. Anybody have any experience with this?


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 11/01/2014 - 3:17 PM
    It may just be a flare up from doing too much, too soon, after your surgery.........Quite honestly, while the fusion may be developing, real recovery from a fusion surgery is more along the lines of 12-18 months, until you really are able to resume most of your former activities........you are only less than 6 months post op, and perhaps hiking was a bit more than your body was ready to take on at this stage of the recovery process.
    It may have caused some swelling in the area and tissues surrounding the area and inflammed the surgical area.......It is a good idea once you are cleared to resume your activities to build up your strength, endurance and tolerance for such strenuous activities by starting small and then working your way back up to your previous activity levels.
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