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Hello to all out there, Has anyone who has had Lumbar fusion still get the burning and pain in the middle of the nite when I lay flat it is so bad. I have to rub it constantly. And it feels like a bunch of spiders are knawing away at my thigh bone and muscles. Doctor has me on neurontin and lyrica and I am starting my aqua therapy for my fusion surgery which is 13 weeks post op. I did not experience this pain when I got home from the hospital so I was wondering if any one you had this happen? I dont believe this neurontin stuff is working, the only time I do get any relief is when I take it and one lyrica and one vicoden. I hate taking all this medicine but I find it if I dont the pain is worse. I am hopeful that the therapy will help. I see the pain mgt next week and my surgeon dosent see me for 3 more months, seems like after your 3rd month after surgery you are almost on your own. If things get worse for me I will see another orthopedic doctor that dosent rush you out of the room when he sees you have your pad and he knows you have questions. Really burns me up but I guess they expect all of their patients to come out with 95 percent pain free and thats what he told me before surgery.

I know from reading alot of these posts and doing my own extensive research on every aspect of the back stuff that no one comes out 100 percent pain free and if they did and they are on here please write me and let me know how and what you do. I know it takes time for all of this but I still have a gut feeling something just didnt go quite so right this time around but I will have to say at least I can walk, before it was so bad I was crawling around sometimes it was horrible!!! So maybe all this bad (especially nite time) pains in my outer and inner thigh is the nerve trying to heal, sure feels like a bunch of electrical shocks going on. I can hardly move my leg when this happens and EVERY nite it wakes me up, its horrible.

Well enough of me allready and how is everyone else and has anyone heard from Lori yet?

Msmona :angel:
Hey Mona -- so sorry to hear you are suffering. I am a little over 2 weeks post-op from a TLIF at L5/S1 and my leg pain has been steadily returning the past two days. I had a few burning spots in new places, like my ankle, and some cramps in the backs of my legs the first couple of weeks, but now it feels like the "old" leg pain has returned. Today in the shower, I tried to shave my calves and the feeling of the razor on them was even too much. I know they say its your nerves waking up, but I must say it is a little discouraging feeling like this after going through so much to feel better. It feels like a real step back. One thing I will say is that my lower back isn't hurting, but my pain was always worse in my legs. I am using Lidoderm patches on the really painful spots and taking Vicoden every two hours. My doc told me to lie on my back or sides only.

I am lying in bed but think I will try to take a walk later and walk it off. Somehow I don't think it will really help but I usually feel better when I walk so I will give it a shot. I go to the doc in about 10 days for my first checkup. If it's any worse tomorrow, I will be calling. I have a girlfriend stopping by today. She called yesterday to ask me if my back was all better yet. I told her to ask me again in a few months. Everyone thinks I am cured now but I still feel awful. Maybe to be really mean I will show her my incision!

I relate to the spider thing. At my worst, I felt like their were squirrels gnawing inside my legs. It is a horrible feeling, and a worse visual!

Feel better all and I haven't seen anything from Lorie. I hope she is okay.


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