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post-op lumbar spine, but experiencing pain in neck & mid-back now

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,662
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
On Nov 25, I had surgery on my lower back where they shaved 2 of 3 buldging discs,and removed a cist filled with spinal fluid.

The pain in my lower back, leg, & foot is gone, but my left foot and leg are still completely numb.

Over the past 2 weeks, I've been experiencing horrible migraine headaches, sharp pains from my neck to mid-back. I have scoliosis, but my mid-back feels like it's in a tight knot 24 hrs a day. My shoulders stay tense all day, and I feel like my posture (slumping of shoulders) is getting worse. I've never had the best posture, but I can "feel" a difference.

I'm never comfortable regardless if I'm sleeping, standing, or sitting.

Has anyone else felt the same side effects post-op?

Thanks so much for anyone's advise and input.



  • Have you called your surgeon and talked to him about all of these issues that you are having? If you haven't, I think that you should....

    When I had my fusion I started having a lot of pain and numbness on my legs and was very, very uncomfortable and in pain. I call the surgeon, went to see him and he dismissed my claims. That was 2 weeks post-op. On week 4 I was desperate already, so I went to see my PCP and he ordered an MRI. Well, the MRI showed some issues with cadaver bone (from the fusion), that had chipped and traveled to my spinal canal and was impinging on my nerves.
    I had an emergency Laminectomy the next day to remove the pieces of bone...

    I am not saying that something like that is happening to you. I am just telling you, that you should call your Doctor and have him explore the symptoms and see what if anything he can do for you. It is probably just part of your recovery, but why worry? Give him a call, OK? You take care and keep me posted in your progress....

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    Many times months after surgery (lumbar or cervical) you can start to feel pain and discomfort in different areas. That is almost to be expected, only because your body had surgery in one area, so your body tries to naturally compensate somewhere else which can cause discomfort.
    The numbness in your foot, it would sound as if it was nerve pain. Nerve pain takes the longest time to heal. For some it can take up to a year and for others, depending on what the problem was it may not.
    Did you have any of those discs pressing on a nerve root?

    The headaches and other mid back situation you have might be muscle related. But you dont want to second guess anything. Contact your doctor talk to them about your problem and see what they have to say. Its easy for us , here , remotely to try to guess what is happening, but its much more important that you contact your doctor to discuss it correctly.
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  • Welcome and sorry you aren't feeling so well.
    I can only tell you my experience and what I was told on a microdiscectomy (shave away disc compression nerve) at L5-S1.

    I was told if I got headaches to call the doctor. I think it's a sign of spinal fluid leak but not sure. It could also be the meds.

    As for the mid/upper back pain. I had the same issue. (Of course I wasn't lucky to get rid of leg pain or regain feeling). I felt worse in my mid back and neck area than where the surgery was.

    Luckily at the hospital I felt like my shoulders wouldn't relax and the nurse/PA told me that when that happens, to take a muscle relaxer b/c it was due to the stress my back had been under. They reminded me that essentially back surgery does a job on the entire back.

    My back pain persisteted 6 weeks post op and I believe (and still do) that it was due to compensating for the limp in my left leg and stress over the fact I wasn't doing better.

    And after that long winded response...my recommendation
    -call doctor about headaches, that's a bit worrysome to me unless you are coming off meds in which case it could be reaction to that
    - upper/mid back pain...have you started PT yet? I found that even with one session, I was told that they would watch my gait but that building my core should help my other pain. Also she was going to watch my gait b/c I was having hip pain too b/c I was compensating for weak left leg.

    I hope this helps.
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