Post op l5-s1 fusion & Nerve decomp problems. (Grade 2 Spondylolisthesis)
I'm 21, I had my surgery on 5th April 2011, so 10 weeks ago I think that makes it. Before the op, I had severe back pain and pretty bad leg pain due to a trapped sciatica. The surgeon told me that I should expect full recovery in regards to the sciatica, however, with the back pain, on a scale of 1-10 (10 being worst) and where I was a 9, I should HOPE to get down to maybe a 7... It doesn't sound like much, but that'd be a Godsend for me, and I don't believe in God. Anyway, since the op, unfortunately my back pain hasn't decreased, but I knew there was a high possibility of that, because the op merely strengthened my spine with screws, rods and a bone graft & decompressed my sciatica.
However, even though the leg pain on my right side has gone, I've had leg pain on my left side, where I never had pain before.... by pain, I mean, I literally was unable to walk, I got put back on bed rest for another 2 weeks. I went back to see the surgeon who gave me Gabapentin to take for a month (it's now been extended to 4 months) in hope that it's just the muscles spasming and the nerve being so close that it's feeling the full force & effecting me. I wish I knew how gabapentin worked, but it seems a mystery to everyone, it seems to be working though, which is making me think it must be the nerve... It's added an extra waiting time to my worry, will I need more surgery or not... I'm hoping that one of you guys who stumbles across this will may have had a similar experience to me and tell me your thoughts on what happened & what the outcome was? It'd just be nice to have some input. It's just stressing me out a little!
Also, how does everyone else deal with the back pain? I do physiotherapy, exercise, pelvic exercises etc, but it never seems to change anything. Mine intervenes with my everyday life, it has since I was 11 and until I got diagnosed with this condition when I was 20, no one believed me, does anyone else ever feel like just closing off and giving up?!