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I had sciatica right leg pain prior to my PLIF on levels L4/L5/S1. After surgery that pain was gone. A couple of weeks later it had returned in my right leg. I went for follow up with neuro surgeon. He told me that he doesn't think it is the sciatica but their may be a problem with a muscle. Well, two days later pain started in my left leg. Never once did my left leg give me any pain prior to surgery. The stiffness in the morning is unbelievable. I cannot move my left leg without tugging on it first. At first I was doing pretty good with walking as that is what is needed to become stronger after this surgery. My neuro wont let me start PT yet as he wants to keep an eye on my pain. Sometimes when I am walking I feel as if I could easily fall. I am not sure if this is weakness of not. I am starting to move around so slow again. I had such pain the other day that I told my husband that I he might have to take my walker back out. I was hoping that I put that away for good. As of right know I am using my quad cane. My legs are very cramped and tight. Has anyone else had this problem with their legs during fusion recovery?
Any replies with be greatly appreciated!!!!!
Lumbar MRI 10/02
L5-S1 disc herniation with moderate thecal sac deformity.
L4-5 disc desiccation with bulge which results in mild thecal sac deformity and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L2-3 disc desiccation with Schmorl’s nodule of L3.
Lumbar Epidural 1/30/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/12/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/26/03
Lumbar Discogram 5/23/03
Lumbar CatScan 5/23/03
Posterior Fusion & Infuse on L4,L5,S1 6/30/03
Cervical MRI 10/02
Loss of cervical lordosis with reversal of the curvature.
C4-5 and C6-7 disc bulges resulting in flattening of the ventral margin of the cord.
C5-6 there is a left foraminal herniation which results in moderate foraminal stenosis In addition, there is flattening of the ventral margin of the cord due to bulging disc.
Cervical Epidural 5/19/03