L4-S1 TLIF w/ instrumentation 17 yr old female
Let's start from the beginning. March 2010 I suffered from a disc herniation at L4-L5 from a lacrosse injury and in June 2010 I went through a L4-L5 discectomy. After the surgery the pain in my legs was 100% relieved until about November 2010 I went back to my surgeon's office and went through PT and steriods. Beginning of February 2011 I went to shovel snow and I heard a "pop" along with immediate excruiating pain. 2 days later I was in his office again and he prescribed the Medrol dose pack with Meloxicam (sp?) to try to help my nerve pain. This treatment failed and I received an epidural lumbar spinal injection on a Friday and on that following Monday I was in excruiating pain back and radiating leg pain down my right leg and he told me to go to the ER for a steriod drip and I was admitting in the hospital for 8 days before having a TLIF w/ instrumentation from L4-S1 because of a reherniated L4-L5 disc along with spinal instability from L4-S1, grade 1 spondylolisthesis on L5-S1, and spinal stenosis from L4-S1.
Question 1: After surgery I was 75% better than before with the leg pain, but I lost sensation on my right heel, which I had full sensation of before surgery. Is this going to come back?
Question 2: My surgeon isn't requiring me to go through post-op PT because of my age I am more active than people who need PT. Should I still ask to go through PT anyways?
Question 3: My surgeon also told me that my nerves were so damaged/trapped that I may have more sciatic pain before I get completely better. Has anyone went through this?
Any other information you can give?