Sciatica nerve pain 10 weeks post PLIF surgery
I had a PLIF with one-sided laminectomy and instrumentation 10 weeks ago. I had a herniated disc at L5-S1 (though the disc was so dessicated it was almost gone - DDD), plus grade I spondylolisthesis. Before the surgery I had back pain right and left, but radiculopathy only on the left - hip and leg shooting pain, numbness on the outside of the left foot. When I had a bad flare up I had "pricklies" on the left side of my spine, which they told me was nerve irritation.
10 weeks out from the surgery: have generally felt great and leg pain on the left was nearly gone. Now just in the last week I have gotten nerve pain on the RIGHT side for the first time - pricklies and pain on my spine on the right side, intermittent pain in the right hip, and a little shooting pain (intermittent) on the right calf.
I am so worried that something is seriously wrong. And i know they decompressed the nerve root on the left side - do I now have nerve compression on the right side?? How can that be? Did they do something wrong? I have another appt with the neurosurgeon in two weeks, but am trying to decide if this is serious enough to call now. I'm feeling pretty defeated right now because I was initially so optimistic.