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I just (2/5) had a spinal fusion and laminectomy, L4 to L5/3.
It was to correct post-laminectomy syndrome--from a fusion and laminectomy done in 1972 of L5 to S1.
FYI. in '72 I was in the hospital for 10 days and have a 12" horizontal scar. This time I was in the hospital 2 (!) days and have 4 very small vertical incisions (2 on each side of the spine). I am now 6 days out, am home and walking and sitting pretty normally, with very little pain.

If I am lying down or sitting with my legs other than vertical, my legs begin to ache. It hurts worse than the back and is interfering with my sleep. The Percocet helps, but I don't want to use it any more than absolutely necessary and want off it completely asap.

Has anyone had this problem and, if so, what did your MD say to do about it?

(I'm checking with mine later today--you can't get through on Monday a.m.)

BTW. This board is fantastic. I feel so lucky that both my surgeries have gone so well.

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