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Leg Pain 5 Weeks Post Op Fusion

I had a lumbar fusion at my L4-S1, 5 weeks ago. Everything was great
for 2.5 weeks. I left the hospital after two days, was walking 1-1.5
miles a day after a week, wasn't taking any pain medicine 3 days post
op. On the third week post op my sister had a baby, I was in a car, at
the hospital, sitting up for 1-2 hours at a time, holding the baby,
helping change her...I did this for nearly the whole third week. Going
into the fourth week I started feeling my old sciatic pain in my right
leg return. It's a little above my knee , behind my knee, and into my
calf and ankle.

Do you think I simply over did it and now things are inflamed? Is it
normal to feel the same nerve pain I had before surgery? I see my doctor
in a week and will talk to him then. At my two week appt he did an
X-ray and said things look great. I'm just nervous this sciatica won't
go away.

Thanks for your input and help!!



  • This has been happening to me,  too.  Docs told me it's normal..my nerves are still bent about being compressed for so long.  I'm a month out from my fusion surgery, and there are times my left sciatic pain makes a normal day impossible.   
    Recovery,  as I'm learning by both personal experience and research,  is SO unpredictable.   
    It's great that the xrays came back OK!   At least you can eliminate the possibility of hardware problems as a cause for the unwelcome return of your symptoms.
    It's possible you may have pushed yourself a little harder than you're ready for. I know on the "good" days,  I feel like I should be taking advantage of that good energy,  but another tidbit I've learned is that kid gloves are STILL necessary even If you DO feel like you could run a 1/2 marathon,  play a couple holes of golf,  then make a five-course gourmet dinner....in effect,  good days can turn into bad ones if you're not careful! 
    Good luck with everything! 

    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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