I am a 33yr old F who had disc replacement at L5-S1 6 days ago, with anterior approach. I was only in hospital 1 night, and after being discharged used only extra strength Tylenol for 5 days, and flexeril (muscle relaxer) for the first two days. Incision and back pain were tolerable without more intervention and at day 6 I can walk, stand, sit and care for basic needs without significant pain in those areas.
My problem is that I woke from surgery with sharp spasm pain in left hip/glute (same side as incision/approach) and numbness down my calf and into big toe & instep, which prevented me from flexing that foot beyond perpendicular (ie I can't raise my toes from floor if standing). At day 4, the light cramping in hip and leg turned into severe burning/aching. It's tolerable during the day with frequent positon changes, but at night it's horrendous and I haven't sleep for two days. Hot shower and heat packs help some, but not enough to sleep.
My post op isn't for another week , and I'm averse to narcotic or neuropathic pain meds, since I need to work (telecommuting from home luckily) and don't want side effects.
Wondering if anyone had experienced similar and if so: what can I do to aid nerve recovery (should I be more or less active), how long it took your neuro pain to resolve, and any treatments that helped (barring med types noted above).