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Hi Lisa,
The cramping could be from muscle weakness, or it could be that you need more calcium. Some here have found that those cramps are relieved by adding some extra calcium to their diet.

Did you have this sciatic pain before the surgery, or is this new? I had a great deal of hip and leg pain after my hardware removal. It was because of irritated nerves and took a long time to calm down, but it finally did. During that time, I found it helpful to use a cane on that side. There are also pain meds specifically designed for nerve pain. Talk to your doctor about it and see if he thinks one of those meds might help you.

How are you doing otherwise? Are you sleeping okay? Are you able to walk some even with the pain in your leg?

I wish you the best as you continue in your recovery,
HI Lisa,

I also had PLIF L5/S1 on Oct. 1. I had sciatic pain in left leg before surgery. Doc put me on Lyrica for nerve pain and it does help me. Also, the stretching exercises really seems to help me if I'm having a bad day. I am still doing the stretches 3 times or more a day & up to walking 2-3 miles daily now on a treadmill. I am still having some tailbone pain now that I am hoping will be able to get worked out in PT. The pain is definitely more tolerable now then pre-surgery. It took about a month before I noticed relief of the sciatic leg pain though.

For the strectches they have me doing I lay flat on my back and either pull one knee toward my chest & hold for a count of ten and do this 10 times per leg. Or the other stretch is lay flat then raising your leg straight in the air as high as possible and holding for a count of five. The second stretch helps me the most. If I am having trouble I have my husband help and hold my leg up and gently push upward.

Best of luck!
Way to go with walking 1 1/2 miles. :bouncing: Were you able to walk that much before your surgery? I know my leg pain was so bad before surgery I didn't even want to stand for five minutes let alone walk.

When is the next time you see the doc? I guess every doc is different. Mine had me start on the light stretches in my previous post before I even left the hospital. I am supposed to do them at least 3 times a day. If I was having trouble with them my husband or daughter helped me lift my leg. Also, he wouldn't let me drive until my 6 week check-up & then he didn't want me driving more than 15 minutes at a time. That is kind of hard when everything is at least a 15 minute drive away! Walking has really made a huge difference with me & I usually feel better after walking as long as I don't over-do it.

Keep up the great work & follow your doctors orders. It sounds like you are going in the right direction!
I can't be too much help - Just had mine 1/28/10 and have only been home 2 days. I was pain free in leg for 2 days in the hospital and then it started up again. Not so much pain as numbness that is now going all the way to bottom of left foot. Most nurses in hospital, as well as PA (Surgeon went out of town evening of surgery for mtg) and PT are telling me the numbness is due to swelling and will "more than likely" go away. They did a fusion of L5/S1. The PA said the disc was hard to get to so they really had to move things around.
I will not have PT now at home. I am having a lot of muscle spasms in my back. I know I'm supposed to keep my body aligned (log roll while in bed etc.) I just hope and pray the numbness goes away soon. I know it's early but I'm impatient. Good luck to everyone else

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