Re: L4 l5 Fusion 7 weeks P/O and depressed
Have you called your surgeon's office or seen him/her since your first check-up? Have they done an X-ray to see if your hardware is in place?
Did you have nerve pain in that same leg prior to surgery or is this a new symptom? If new, did it begin right after surgery or did it come on gradually a couple weeks later?
Sometimes pain can switch sides post surgery due to the fact that the surgeon had to tug on the nerve to free it up, due to tissue inflammation (which can still be a problem at 7 weeks), and/or lots of other reasons.
Seven weeks is too early to be more than slightly concerned. Continue following your surgeon's instructions. Talk small, frequent walks to keep the spinal nerves stretched out and to keep the scar tissue from attaching to the nerve as it fills in...this is the main reason for walking often, even if it is just a stroll around your home several times. Do not sit for more than 20 minutes at one time without getting up, walking, stretching, etc. When you are not walking or standing, you are much better off reclining in a way where the spine is adequately supported.
These first three months are the most important part of your recovery, so even though you may be tempted to push yourself, resist the temptation.
I'm almost two years out from a 3 level lumbar fusion and I am still experiencing some nerve recovery...so it can be a long road. I'm convinced the spinal fusion exists to teach people patience.
Good luck to you.