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L4 & L5 fusion

hi! I had L4 & L5 fusion done on 7/12/16, I am off pain meds and only taking Tylenol , I feel mild pain in my sciatica and sometimes in the back but nowhere near as how it was prior to surgery, I am wondering if this is normal and will go away. Went to remove stitches on 7/29/16 and after an x-Ray doctor said its looking good and told me I could start walking more and doing lite activities around the house, I am scared and I wonder if anyone had this discomfort and is it normal? Feedback will be greatly appreciated 


  • Hi Adrianna0116, it. Is very normal. You are doing well to be cleared to start light housework already and off pain meds! I'm 7 weeks post op laminectomy, discectomy and fusion and just got cleared for light housework . Do you have a brace? Remember no bending lifting or twisting with housework. I have this sciatic pain and spasms after a walk. I ve been told it take months to heal I ve been told it takes months to heal. 
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    Welcome to the forums and recovery.

    Nerves are a funny thing, they can take time to heal.  Some symptoms may go away very quickly, while others will take longer.  I am 9 months post surgery and still have a few symptoms hanging around. They are getting better, but not gone yet.

    As always, anytime you have serious concerns about your recovery, call your surgeon's office.  But it doesn't hurt to ask here first.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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