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Hiya, name's Lisa and I'm 33. My back problems started in August of 2014. New here and just had an L4-L5 fusion done on Feb 16th. I got home from the hospital in pretty good shape and my pain in generally reduced from before my surgery. My problem/question is that I am still having to use a walker (or my husband) to transition from sitting/standing. And almost every third time I get an excruciating sharp pain in my right hip that makes my cry out and lose all strength in that leg, resulting in me falling onto the toilet or chair as opposed to sitting. Sometimes I am able to sit without this happening. I try my best to stay in alignment and have been wearing my Miami corset style brace. A little background on the right leg, it was completely numb after a radio frequency ablation I had done. Pins and needles and some odd itching sensations were all I could feel down the outside. Well, it sure feels alive now. No pain below the knee. Any thoughts? Am I doing something wrong? I had an ultrasound to rule out DVT and a lumbar X-ray to assure hardwear placement. I have a post op visit with my neurologist in 2 days. Thanks for your time!
Lisa M-C, 33F, status post L4-L5 fusion/laminectomy with titanium plate on 2/16/15
Current meds: Neurontin 300mg TID, OxyContin 10mg BID, Percocet. 10-325mg Q4, Valium 10mg Q8, Elavil 10mg QHS, and Lexapro 25mg QHS.