1.5 Yrs Post L5 Fusion | More Pain?
Good Morning Everyone,
This is my first post in this community. I'm hoping my story might relate to some of the others on here. I could use some feedback and support.
I'll make a long story short. I'm a 31 yr. old, healthy and fit male. Had a Micro-D/Laminectomy/Foraminotomy L4 & L5 in November 2014. Just woke up one day and had this problem. No accidents or warning signs. Had severe right leg sciatica/nerve impingement/drop foot before the first operation. 3 Months post-op L5 blew out again and I had right leg foot drop. Got a new surgeon who was great. Ended up fusing L5 in April 2015. I am very proactive in rehabbing my back and building my core. I never stopped doing all my PT exercises. I do them 3 times a week, still, to this day.
Since the fusion I have had such a rocky road to recovery. My back tweaks easily and I find that my right leg still experiences weakness and pain. It varies depending on how tweaked it is. Some tweaks have lasted months. When it is tweaked bad I could swear that something is wrong with it by how much pain I have. I go through the motions of trying to wait it out and then eventually calling the doctor to let them know and request an appt. to see my doctor and get imaging. Every time I have done this and gotten a new MRI, everything looks fine. My doctors office is getting tired of my calls. I can tell they are annoyed.
I have had a few spinal epidurals since fusion. They thought that maybe the tissue around my nerve was getting inflamed and putting pressure on the nerve, causing the symptoms since I had the first and second operation so close together. I suppose this could just be nerve damage. But if it were nerve damage I would think that it would be consistent?
Has anyone had a similer experience with bad tweaks after fusion resulting in sciatica symptoms reoccuring? Could this be nerve damage even though it's not constant? I feel like I have plateued with my recovery at this level of discomfort and reoccuring/re-emerging pain. I just feel like my recovery has been so up and down to extreme levels even a year and a half post L5 fusion.