I had a 3cm extrusion removed 9 weeks ago. It had caused pain and some weakness in my left quadriceps as it was compressing the nerve behind L3 (femoral nerve). After the surgery I was relieved that the numbness that extended down to my inner ankle was better and that I had much less pain. However, 9 weeks later I am still experiencing some pain down my left leg in the front. Especially around the area where the femoral passes through the outer groin area. When I lean to the right I still have some pain in the L3/L4 area as well. It seems to be getting better very, very slowly. The weakness and pain in the femoral nerve also seems to be getting better very, very slowly but some days it seems worse.
Is this normal? Should I be concerned about the lingering pain? I have a hard time taking NSAIDS due to GI issues and tinnitus. Any advice and experiences would be appreciated as I get very inpatient and depressed some days.