Hi. I am a 37 yr old female and just had an XLIF 2 weeks ago at HSS to repair a failed fusion st L3-L5 (pseudo arthrosis - literally no bone growth). My surgeon told me there was a 30% chance I would have burning in my thigh because he would need to cut through the psoas muscle and might irritate the nerve.
I am experiencing horrible muscle pain and spasms in my right leg (cut through right side) with nerve pain to my knee cap and foot. The muscle is so tight I can not straighten my leg. I am still using a cane to walk, and feel my left hip is now rotated out and burisitis in the left hip is becoming an issue.
My doctor has me on Oxy 5mg every 4 hours, plus 800mg Skelaxin 3x day, and 100mg Gabipentin 3x day. They are telling me I am still considered post op and will wait till 6 weeks to evaluate. The problem is only getting worse. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? He doesn't want me to start PT until 3 months post surgery.
Thanks in advance for any help!