Hi my name is Lorraine. I am 60 years of age & I had a fusion from L4 L5-S1 on 16 March 2009. When I awoke after the op my right ankle was so tight I thought I was being strangled from the foot up. I had the same tightness in my left foot but not as severe.
They raced me down for ultrasounds on my legs to see if I had any clots forming, but that was A ok. My right foot was numb and freezing cold around the toes, top of instep and then the tightness was right around the ankle to half way up my calves. I now wear socks to bed.
After putting up with this for about 10 days I got my partner to ring the neuro team who had done my op. They said that it was nothing and would go away. A couple of days later I begged my partner to take me to the ED at a hospital not far from where we live. They did an ultrasound of my legs and said they were full of fluid. They also took bloods and did ECG and chest xray. The following week I was called back to the ED as some abnormalities showed up in my blood tests and they wanted me to come back for some scans.
We went over and I was given an ECG, chest xray and then told I would be admitted for a couple of days.
I saw several student doctors and the head doctor who told me that the nerves in my back were probably still swollen and that this foot pain would go away. My spine was then xrayed and a CT Scan was done. All this was sent over to my neuro team who had done the op. In the end they started me on the drug Gabapentin which has helped me to cope with this tightness. I take it 3 times a day.
I have tried walking but still not doing too much. I have an appointment with the physio this week and would very much like to get back in the water.
I also have appointments with pain management and my neuro surgeon early next month.
A friend of mine who is in his 70's told me he had a fusion and the tightness I am experiencing, only his was up the front of his leg and he said It will go away with time.
So I guess that's all we who are suffering still can hope for. They say time heals everthing, don't they?
Good luck to all my fellow sufferers.