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For those of you who have had one level lower lumbar fusion, did you have leg pain? Mine are hurting a lot on the top side between knee and thigh. This is Day 10 out from my surgery....

Is it OK to do gentle, isometric type stretching? I'd LOVE to take a nice, hot, soaking bath, but I know that is a :nono: for a bit longer!!
It sounds like you are having a case of sciatica. My doctor allowed me to sit on the edge of a chair, keep my leg straight on the floor, heel on the floor and pump my foot like you are using the accelerator. No more 10 than repititions and do it very slowly. If it hurts, stop. I was told it stretches the nerve.

If the pain is extremely painful, call your doctor and they can order you a nerve medication such as lyrica, cymbalta, neurotin, etc. to help with the pain.

Also alot of times they give you injections of numbing medications and steroids while you are under surgery and these wear off 2 to 4 weeks after surgery.

Good luck and I hope that you feel better soon.
marlosmom,

After my fusion surgery I had no leg pain for several months. IT has slowly over time started to show up at around 6 months and shows up from time to time after that.

I think that the weather in Nebraska changes so fast some times that it has a lot to do with it. One day nice and the next bitter cold. That is when it seems to flare.

I am not sure how the baremetric pressure has to do with it or if it is just me...


I am all new at this so to speak; next month will be a year since S1-L4-L5 fusion surgery 2 rods 6 screws and 2 cages. I was told that I fused totally at 6 months. That is why I started to have some of the pains. I really think the change in weather reflects how we walk and so on.. This is just ROY talk and my experinces. WE are all so different in certin areas it seems...


Best of luck; I hoped I helped you a little bit..

Roy47-48:wave::wave:
[QUOTE=marlosmom;3396353]For those of you who have had one level lower lumbar fusion, did you have leg pain? Mine are hurting a lot on the top side between knee and thigh. This is Day 10 out from my surgery....

Is it OK to do gentle, isometric type stretching? I'd LOVE to take a nice, hot, soaking bath, but I know that is a :nono: for a bit longer!![/QUOTE]


YES! I woke up with severe nerve pain in both legs, five weeks post op I still have it. I had L5 S1 done. Mine hurt all over, the right leg it stops at the knee, the left leg it hurts all down the leg, that is also the leg that is weak and has some numbness.
My PT that came to the house said that I could do some exercises, some ankle pumps, some simple stretching exercises, only gave me about four to do, and nothing strenous at all.

Hope you feel better soon.
Lori
Thanks, guys. I had sciatic pain for 3 years while trying to decide on having surgery. This pain feels different. Maybe more muscular. And it's just on the front side. And it only hurts from time to time. I was given oxycontin and lyrica after surgery and am supposed to take them at least up until I have my first doc appointment. :confused:
I had the same surgery and now after 5 weeks also, my left leg from the back of knee upward hurts. I had this surgery to get rid of this same pain. I admit the pain is not bad as before surgery but it still hurts in a bad way and I feel delicate and afraid to do anything. Is there any hope?? Thanks for any information.
Mom,
I am so sorry you are in pain. Even though I had more than one level, I still want to share with you my experience.
I did and I do still have legs pain; not only area where you are having, but also in some other areas.
You are still so "fresh" after surgery and that is why you have so much pain.
Often, even later than that you will see ups and downs in pain, mood, etc.

I would definitely ask my DR what can I do to relieve this pain; also your PT may suggest something too.

Best of luck on your recovery...:angel:
Hi Jean,

I see that you pulled up my old post from January. It sounds like your leg pain is in the same location as it was previous to your fusion...?? All my sciatic pain that I had prior to surgery was gone as soon as I was out from under the anesthetic and could tell the difference. The pain I was inquiring about is on the front or top-side of my thigh...and I still have it.

I have been working with a fabulous therapist for almost 2 months now, and she has tried everything she can think of. If anything, the exercises, ultrasound, electrical stim., etc. are just making things worse...or at least, no better. My surgeon is also starting to sound a bit baffled, but is still sticking to his story that it is residual nerve pain from the surgery.

In your case, it is much too early to worry too much. Were you given something like lyrica or neurontin to see if that helps?? Try to be patient. Angry nerve roots take a LONG time to heal and recover!! (:mad::(:mad:)

xx M:cool:M
Yup~ Hearts, everyone keeps saying it can take up to 2 years for nerves to recover. I'm just a month behind you with my surgery. I had spondylolisthesis at L4-5 and stenosis.

My problem is trying to figure out if my new pain is caused by PT and the musces I haven't used in years, or if it's something new with my back. My therapist has been doing a lot of work so that I build up the ligaments connecting to the SI joints and also work with the pelvic floor muscles. She's a big believer in the connection between weak pelvic floor muscles and back pain.





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