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Learn how a lumbar disc herniates and
can cause lower back pain
Sciatica is leg pain caused by a
problem in the low back.
See how a disc degenerates and how it can cause pain and other symptoms
When can a person expect some pain relief from this surgery?
I had a fusion of L4-5 with a bone graft from S1 on July 31, 2017
I feel your pain. I just had a Lumbar laminectomy at L3-4 on 7/10. I have been in worse pain than before surgery. I was in such pain I could not stand up and even passed out a couple of weeks ago. They ran another MRI and finally sent me for another pain shot last week. I have been sick from it since I got it.
I think the answer to your question is a long time. I talked to some other offices to get a second opinion and they won't even look at you for 6 months until everything is mostly healed. I don't think our surgeons do a very good job for letting us know the pain we are in for. I have just decided to lay back for a couple of months and see where it goes.
My wife is getting a fusion I believe in the same place as yours in a couple of weeks. She talked to a lot of people and 6 months seems to be the common answer for healing.
Hi Panster, sorry to hear you are still in so much pain. That being said you are still very recent from surgery. Some are lucky enough to have immediate relief, others take a bit longer. Did you have any nerve compression? For me that was a big issue with the nerves waking up. And am still having issues nearly 9 months post surgery. If you are really concerned maybe ring your Dr's rooms to share your concerns.
Hope you get some answers.