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question about calf pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hi, I'm now 12 days post surgery for broadbased L5/S1 bulge in whch the surgeon went in both sides of spine to avoid touching the nerves. I have left leg pain (majority in calves), but it only seems to be when I lie down (I have to take meds three times in the night as it constantly wakes me up).I also get it in the other leg but not nearly as bad.I got checked out yesterday by my doc and its not DVT.I didnt have leg pain below the buttocks/front of thighs before the op.My question now is does nerve pain not usually happen while up and about?I sometimes get it sitting, but the night time pain is getting worse and worse.I am on 15ml oxycontin,10ml oxynorm as required,paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain.I was doing ok through the night when they were giving me diazipam, but they stopped giving me it, so this is probably the reason for me feeling it more.


  • I'm glad they checked for a DVT, that was my first thought. No two people have the same pain after surgery, but I can say my pain post-op is different from pre-op for sure! Your pain sounds more L4-L5 & maybe those nerve are just re-adjusting. Keep a journal of all your symptoms for your doctor and don't be afraid to speak up.
  • I have had some pains when trying to walk, but then another round of pains come in the evening/nite time. My problems are higher up in the spine, but it was cord compression at multiple levels. You will have to be patient to see how it will go. You will need to normal recovery period and then possibly PT. You should see some improvement by then. Did you have an MRI of the entire spine to look for other issues? Take care.
  • i had really bad leg pains at night, i couldnt sleep for them, and was very worried.
    Slowly but surely they faded away til now i get none, i had a tlif l5 s1 on march 5 this year.
    my surgeon says that when the blood supply comes back to the nerves, they feel insulted and react in this way. i had it in hips, knees, calves especially my left one, felt like raging toothache in the joints and as if my calf muscle was going to explode...worst pain of the whole thing.
    Stretch those nerves out as much as you can with walking and stretches, they dont like it but it does improve them no end.
    hope you get releif soon, by one month if you stretch out the nerves enough the pain should be gone
  • thats everyone for the great advice.What you say Shazza, makes sense. If it hasent settle by the 10th june, I'll be seeing my surgeon again (I spoke toe him yesterday).This will give it more time to settle.
    thanks again everyone.
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