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Body soreness all over six days post op for discectomy

Alli75AAlli75 Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all. Today is my sixth day post op from an L4L5 discectomy. I have the normal pain expected but I do have a couple of questions. Today I'm starting to feel sore all over which I guess is from inactivity. My shoulders and legs are sore all over. Is it still normal to feel this achey and tired? I find that I'm sleeping on and off all day in between walking. I haven't really tried sitting yet. I can, it does get uncomfortable after about ten minutes but should I even be trying that yet? Otherwise I'm doing well and able to walk as much as I want. Are these other things just part of the process? Thanks for any input :)


  • Any surgery is a trauma to the body, and the entire body can react. The Sympathetic Nervous System acts in a 'fight or flight' manner. As a result, your body can be sore from the whole situation. This is just my non-professional thoughts ;)
  • Hello. Your post caught my attention. I am 9 weeks post spinal fusion l4-l6, s1 and decompression on l2-3.
    I ended up getting a staph infection after my surgery. I felt achy all over. I had no energy and started running low grade fever and had some drainage from my surgical site.
    My story is really a nightmare. But, I just want you to be sure to take a look at your back, is it red? Is it draining? Are you running a fever? These could be signs of an infection.
    But, I had a previous fusion in 08. I was up and about with no pain. I really didnt feel like I had a surgery.
    Everyone and every surgery is different.
    But, you should contact your doctor if its something you are worried about.
  • HI Alli. I'm new here too. Unfortunate for us all to meet this way but what a wonderful website. I am post-op 6 weeks same surgery as you but 2nd time around. Last one was April '10. I wasn't tired with either of mine. Had minimal pain first time & surgery was a success.... for 5 months. Pain set in & it took 6 months for anything to really show up. That's where I am now with 2nd surgery. Make sure, like audbra said above, to look at your site, watch for draining, redness, and fevers.

    Everyone is different, that's for sure, sleepiness could be from your meds if your not used to taking them. Hope you start feeling more like yourself soon. It takes time though so relax if you can.
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