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muscle twitching

Lela1122LLela1122 Posts: 119
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all, I havent posted in a while, I have been doing okay since my acdf 4/5 5/6. I am on lyrica 450 mg a day, hydrocodone as needed, normally 15 mgs a day. I have gone back to work, I own my own cleaning business. I do all the cleaning. I clean homes. My ns okayed me going back to work after 7 weeks post-op. My question is this, I have started twitching, in different parts of my body, I twitch in my toes, trunk, arms, sometimes the face. Plus my whole body hurts, yesterday after cleaning a home I felt like my spine in mid back like it hurt all the way to my front, and my low back hurt a lot with pain in my legs.
The pain may be unrelated to the twithcing, I was just wondering if anyone else has had these symptoms. My ns is out of town and his partner wants a Mri/Ct scan to make sure everything is in place. I thought the Lyrica could maybe make me twitch but I didnt see anything as far as that being a problem, thanks in advance, Lela


  • Hi Lela, I am so sorry you are hurting! Pain can be so unending and exhausting.

    You are still so early in your recovery and your work is so physical. At 5 month out from a lumbar fusion, there is no way I could clean a house. The postioning of your neck while you clean has to be painful~mopping, vaccuming, dusting, ect.

    I think it is great that your ns' partener is willing to order some testing, just to be on the safe side.

    I hope you are able to find some relief and relax this weekend!

    Wishing you the best!
  • I too have a cleaning business and know how hard it is.
    I had lumbar fusion and didn't go back to work until a year. And I still can't do the hard stuff (employees do all that).
    I can't imagine going back at 7 weeks.
    Please take it easy you don't want to mess things up while you are still healing.
  • Howdy!!! Great to see you back with us! :)

    To echo the others, "wow!" on returning to such physical work so soon! For what I've seen 'cleaners' do, I can't imagine it. It took me months before I was *cough* comfy with doing most of ones daily encountered housework for goodness sakes! Please be careful!

    As to the twitches and such. I get them, not to the degree your describing though. Some of the twitching I can see on the surface of the skin, some I can only feel - not pain, just annoying. As to the pain you are describing, it sounds like *to me* that you are putting stress on other parts of your spine to compensate for your recent (RECENT) surgery. I am glad that you got with your NS, and are getting tests done to be sure all is well. I hope you keep him up to date on any changes. I won't be surprised if you are 'asked' to back down on the work a bit and let your body heal, as it seems to be talking with you woman!

    Please be careful, and too, keep us posted! Support *HUGZ* :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Thanks all! You know my ns is good, I will have to rely on his opinion. I am tending to agree with y'all that maybe I need to back down a little so that I can heal. I was thiking of doing one home every other day so that I wouldnt have to clean everyday. Brenda those twitches you get what does your doc say they are from? Just the nerves healing? also, I was wondering who has fibromyalgia and how common is it for us spineys to have it because of our spine problems. It would be interesting to know, I have not been diagnosed with it but I think I have it, I hurt all over from head to toe. just curious...Lela.. good to be back Brenda, I have been lurking, just havent posted in awhile..hehe
  • I am very glad you're back Lela!! *HUG* No more lurking okay? It's enjoyable to chat and post with ya!! In the beginning with mine, I was told that the twitches were due to healing. After further EMG testing 7 months later, I was told much of it was nerve damage and from the Neuropathy. I do see a lot of twitching and too spasms in my legs if I try shopping a lot. Unfortunately I usually don't "feel" it till a few hours or the next day, but had it happen enough I could connect it to my prior (recent) activities.

    Some of my twitches in my arm, I can change them when I move my head around. I have a crack between my fusions in the main vertebra, and that allows movement and I am guessing intermittent nerve irritation. My last MRI was only 8 weeks after the surgery, so there was too much inflammation to see if there were issues that had changed. I am coming up on my year check, so will ask for a new MRI.

    I hope you find that yours is 'healing nerves' as it most likely is. My first fusion did that for about 8 months. They didn't hurt, just I would find I would 'smooth' down my arm cuz it felt funny? Or a little itch reaction type of thing. After that, all was good. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • i was in the same situation as you, with the work situation, i worked with a friend who had her own cleaning business, i did it for two years, i don't want to scare you i thought i was killing my self (neck wise) i had to quit, i ended up with a torn rotator cuff, a cracked fusion,i was in pain 24/7-i had a torn rotator cuff from pushing the vac cleaner, and mopping. had to have a second surgery it took me two years to heal, i don't know how you are doing it. it is hard work. please try to think about this- when you are in pain- your body is telling you this for a reason- give yourself more time to heal,some very heart felt valuable information from someone who has been in your shoes.god bless you.
  • Hoping you are 'off' for the weekend. Just checking and hoping you are feeling a bit better? I've traveled tons, and saw a lot of folks that did cleaning much as you described. I just hope you aren't pushing to early! Please look out for NUMBER 1 okay? Gentle hugs to ya woman!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Thanks mick and Brenda!! I have been off since thursday. Yes it is very hard work and I can feel my body telling me nooooo. My biggest problem is that I need the income. I have an 18 year old headed to college, I am divorced and get no help from my ex-husband. I am married to a great guy but he cant pay for everything we would be in the hole!! I dont know what to do. I do feel like I have something pushing on my throat. I am sure its okay, that I am imagining it, because they want to do the mri-ct scan. I too feel like I have something wrong with my right shoulder, hurts all the time!! I guess on to an orthopedic doc!! I have cleaned for 10 years, and I do catering, cooking for large crowds!! I just dont know if I will be able to continue on with all that, I think I need a good sit down job!! We will see! thanks for your support all, I couldnt have done this without ya!! hugs to you Brenda hope you are doing okay, I havent read how you are doing or seen a thread for you!! (isnt it hot as heck down here in fl?)
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