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8day latter sciatica from caugh

treadyttready Posts: 61
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hi folks well this is my 8th day after fusion of l4 l5 i was doing grat no pain only takin paracetamol untill yesterday i woke up with a cough its a pritty bad one the sort that renches your lungs out,now because of coughing all day yesterday im in agony down my right leg sciatica for sure far worse than pre-op walking is a killer now any one else had this? thanks


  • Hi tready,

    I had an ALIF 7 days ago. It has already done wonders for my back pain and I am really pleased with the small horizontal access scar the vascular surgeon made it was originally going to be vertical until I got my way :)
    Anyway I do have a problem with constant horrible sciatica down the right leg, particularly when I lie on that side or sit or somehow 'stretch' the leg in any way. Its way way worse than pre-op. Steroids and neurontin haven't helped.
    I know you too have this sciatica issue and I wonder has anyone else found this problem and if so did it eventually settle down? I just hope the exiting spinal nerve root isn't caught up somewhere.
    Many thanks and good luck to you !

    Age 37 female
    ALIF Oct 29 09 L4/L5
    Plastic fusing device/3 screws plus artificial bone graft
  • Haven't had surgery but just wanted to say I'd call your regular doc and get some cough syrup to quiet that cough. I can't imagine dealing with a deep cough right after fusion surgery.

    COugh probably aggavated your surgery site so maybe place a call to your surgeon. Maybe a dose of steroids is in order (no doctor here, just guessing).

    Hang in there -- could just be a couple of rough days and things may calm down.

    Sending you some comforting and healing thoughts,

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