Hi. I'm usually on the fibro forum, but did post here a few times when I had lower lumbar disc surgery back in March, L4-5...so, over 3 months ago now. My sciatic pain was horrific prior to the surgery and right after.
I've been gradually feeling much better, with the help of Hydrocodone 10-325 (x4) and Gabapentin 600 (x1) and getting stronger with physical therapy. For the past few weeks, I've been taking just half a Hydro every other dose. I still have a long way to go, still have some swelling and redness in my foot and ankle that my doctor doesn't understand, can't reach my feet, can't squat to the floor (my legs feel like they're breaking and just give out), but I seemed to be on a steady course upwards. Walking farther and more normally...
But the last couple of days, I'm pretty discouraged. My physical therapist has started me on straight-leg lifts (5 on each leg 2 days ago.) Maybe because I have fibro, I usually feel most of my pain from overdoing a day or two later, and maybe that's what happened. I was supposed to start them at home today, but didn't, because of the pain.
It's worst in the original area of pain from the disc, right in the middle of my left buttock muscle, and radiates out from there. It also hurts deeper inside, almost what feels like rectal pain. (I have strained a tiny bit when going to the bathroom, which I know is verboten, but hey - nobody's perfect! It's hard to believe that could cause all this.)
Anybody else experience something like this? (I'm betting yes!) HELP!
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