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Leg pain after surgery on Oct 21st

johnb3207jjohnb3207 Posts: 99
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Ok I wake up every 2 hours with leg pain And I am getting perty tired of this no sleeping thing I had L4 L5 fusion
done on Oct 21st and thought it would have gone away by now
I have been weening myself off the pain pills but I take before I go to bed but the leg pain keeps me up it is not
pain that is agonizing however it is bad enough to wake me and keep me awake I thought this would have passed by now
is this normal My Dr said it would pass That was a week ago
any thoughts or suggestions ? would like to sleep more than
a couple of hours a night starting to get to me :?


  • leg pain is still there john.

    can you ring/see your dr, let him no its still there

    if your not on a nerve med like lyrica, that is something which may help, also how about asking for some sleeping meds

    hugs flower
  • Yey I am going to call him today and ask again and def the sleep meds I don't want to get cranky lol :W
  • I had a fusion-T3-L4 almost three years ago. Leg pain was really bothering me. Lyrica helped. Along with epidurals it stopped those nerves from sizzling. Gotta get some sleep. Good luck!
  • ya no , we dont want you cranky lol

    take care flower
  • :W YEY Thats right flower no cranky John
    Mary might slap me lol
  • Remember you are still really fresh out of surgery. Nerves that have been compressed/entrapped can take a while to recover. For instance on my neck surgeries, I had pains and spasms for over 6 months! It all depends on how irritated those nerves were!

    Plus remember the other biggies here. Your body sustained a lot of trauma induced by the surgery itself. Your spine was forever changed by the surgery, so other areas have to adjust to this change. Muscles, nerves, your skeletal structure! Of course let your surgeon know what is going on - especially with the sleep being impacted. Maybe he can give you different medication. Are you on any nerve pain medications? My last surgery my pain was so bad a 'good nights' sleep was 5 one hour naps! He put me on Lyrica and wow, what a difference.

    Hope you're feeling better soon. *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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