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Legs and arms keep falling asleep

Airforcewife30AAirforcewife30 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Ok I had s1 to L4 fusion and now if I sleep on my back both my legs with fall asleep and both arms. Its been 3 weeks since surgery and it's made me kinda nervous. Also my left leg keeps going out on me while I'm using my walker an I keep falling down. Does this happen to anyone else.


  • Have you had a cervical and a thoracic MRI?

    3 weeks is still really really early in the recovery. Post-op inflamation and swelling are peaking.

    I had a much much smaller surgery than you did and I had similar symptoms. Of course, every case is different.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • I get that in my arms if I sleep flat or nearly so on my back, but I have ongoing cervical spine issues. Have you brought this to the attention of your surgeon or PCP/GP? That low in the lumbar wouldn't affect the arms.

    Have you also by chance tried sleeping inclined to see if it changes? I know with me, if my head is elevated I almost never wake up with numb arms. Please let us know how it goes. *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Now as far as your question. I did not experience the same problem, but I have been sleeping with a pillow under my knees even before my surgery. Maybe that would help with the legs. As far as the arms, perhaps you could try using more pillows or a wedge under your head, like Brenda suggested. If the symptoms really bother you, call your surgeon's office and ask them for advise.

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