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Post surgical lumbar pain again

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had laminectomy and discectomy on L4/5 4+years ago. I went to Disneyland last weekend (rode the roller coaster)and carried luggage down a flight of stairs - and then sat in a car for a 8 hour drive. I have been in presurgical pain for the last 4 days. I have done this before but it always got better. I am a bit scared this time. Any suggestions or calming advise!


  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    The first thing that came to my mind is that it's common years after a fusion for there to be pressure on the discs above and below the fusion, so maybe you've strained an area that there are additional discs problems.

    I'm not a doctor, but this was my first thought. Do you have an appointment to get your back looked at?

  • You didn't have a fusion...right? Regardless, many people reherniate at the same level where they had surgery previously.

    I would suggest that you log a lot of floor time and use ice...20 minutes on, 20 minutes off and take it easy for several days. Take NSAIDS or an anti-inflammatory if you can.

    Lie on the floor on your back, with your hips right up across the side of a couch or chair. Bend at the hips and place lower legs and feet on the seat of the couch (or chair. Put arms out flat by your sides, palms facing up and breathe slowly and deeply. This is a natural traction position that helps to unload the discs and allows the soft tissue to kind of relax and reconform.

    Avoid any activity that involves bending, lifting, twisting and reaching, especially overhead. Hopefully you'll be able to get things to calm down one more time.
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