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I had a laminectomy at L4 area Sept 5th. I was doing well but still have a long ways to go as my doctor puts it and I don't know if I over did it or what but I can' t seem to get rid of this swelling of my muscle. It is right over the spine and is tender to touch and stiffens up causing pain. Will this ever heal. He explained that he cut this muscle but I just feel like it will never heal.

Mistina
[QUOTE=Mistina]I had a laminectomy at L4 area Sept 5th. I was doing well but still have a long ways to go as my doctor puts it and I don't know if I over did it or what but I can' t seem to get rid of this swelling of my muscle. It is right over the spine and is tender to touch and stiffens up causing pain. Will this ever heal. He explained that he cut this muscle but I just feel like it will never heal.

Mistina[/QUOTE]
Hi Mistina: I had L4-5 lumbar laminectomy in March, 1993. It took me about 6 weeks. I am usually a quick "recoverer". Has you doctor done any x-rays of your laminectomy lately? When did you get your last x-ray, if any, post laminectomy? Have you gone into physical therapy yet? After surgery on the spine, one usually gets physical therapy of some type.

You must understand that your laminectomy will most likely NOT rid you of your back pain. Surgeries are done to decompress nerves; they are not done (spinal anyway) to necessarily remove your pain. One the spine is damaged, it sort of "tweeks out". It sends pain messages to the brain, even though no damage is being done. If you have degenerating disks, they will cause pain simply because of the degeneration of the disk. The disk is burning out it's proteins as it is degenerating. It is like a dying star; it is burning itself out. However, in your case, one would think you should be moving better by now. I was; but I have a tough time holding still: I will always try to move, that is just hyper little me! After my lumbar surgery, they had me walking around the hospital a day or 2 after surgery. How much walking have you done or are you doing now? Can you walk very well?

In my opinion, I feel you have more swelling from your spine and it seems to me to be going on too long. You may have to ask if you doc is willing to run some type of x-ray. If he/she refuses, say, I just want it for piece of mind; bone x-rays are not that expensive, unlike an MRI. At least your doc could check your vertebral positions in your lumbar area. Take care, Patmg
You guys are making me nervous. Why do you suggest an x-ray. I guess it couldn't hurt.
I had alot of 'bone growth' removed from my spine that he found while in surgery to remove the disc material. I know that this area probably has good reason to be tender. I had alot of work done to that specific spot.
I had been walking a mile a day or 30 minutes a day, whichever and doing stretching 3 times a day along with physical therapy. I was progressing slowly but progressing. I have started back to work and being here for 9 hours is a little rough on me. I was at work all day Tues and then went to PT and I don't know if I just overdid it or what. I pray that this is the only thing going on and I'm sure that the muscle that he cut is still healing but I'm always paranoid and thinking I'll never be normal.
You guys say to get an x-ray, what would be wrong that an x-ray would tell me. I don't really have the nerve pain and pain in my leg so I don't think it is the disc.

Mistina





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