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Tailbone Pain and Leg Cramping after L5, S1 Spinal Fusion

camcyddevccamcyddev Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I am a 34 y/o female, who had a L5, S1 Spinal fusion on 3/11/11 (6+ weeks ago). I actually came back to work 18 days post op as I have a desk position. I was diagnosed with a herniated disk, bone spurs and disc degeneration last summer. I went through a series of treatments before I opted for surgery.

Since I have had my surgery, I have had right calf extreme cramping/aching/throbbing. This is confusing to me because my herniation was more to the left, which should have affected the left side more. Also, in the last 2-3 weeks, directly in the middle of my tailbone, I am having pain like I took a very hard fall.

I wear my brace from the time I get dressed in the morning, until I am getting ready to lay down at night.

Has anyone else had these issues or maybe I am just overreacting, since I am still only 6 weeks out from a major surgery. I know it's going to take time for the nerves to heal, but I am just looking for some input.

Thanks in advance!

-Deborah
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  • I had L5/S1 fused on 3/28/11. It was my 3rd fusion (I am fused from L1 to S1). Before the fusion the disc was removed because it was such a mess. The vertebrae had to be separated before the fusion to do this. I have tailbone area pain but it is from the vertebrae being separated. It is not much fun to still be in so much pain My other fusions were easier recoveries.

    Jani

    Spinal stenosis, spondolysis, spondolythesis, L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion with instrumentation and bone graft from hip, L1/S1 fusion with replacement disc put in, PT, accupuncture, prolotherapy, many cortisone injections, 4 rhizotomies. Currently on tramadol which barely touches the pain.
    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • You went back to work way early. Sitting puts more pressure on your spine than standing or walking. I am 9 weeks out and have tailbone pain as well. Sitting makes this worse. Good luck and take it easy.
    As far as the brace, my docs said it should be worn for at least 3 months post op and I'm glad I have been wearing it because I fell on my back the other day and it helped prevent a lot of damage.
  • Ditto what Z06 said about stretching and getting up and moving. I had serious tightness for months in my hips and legs post-surgery. I still do a lot of stretching because, well, I still have alot of tightness 1+ year later. One thing that I've found really helps are calf compression sleeves. I wear them every night when I am sleeping and sometimes during the day if my legs are feeling particularly cranky. I like the Zensah brand. You can get them at REI or a running store.

    The throbbing in your calves is something you should not ignore. Have you told your surgeon about that? I had some odd cramping and throbbing about 8 wks post surgery and they immediately did an ultrasound to make sure that I didn't have DVT. That can be serious. And if you are sitting a lot it's a real possibility. Please talk with your doc about it if you haven't already.

    I too had and still have tailbone pain. At first it was a very hot, intense burning pain. Over the last 8-9 months or so it has lessened but I still get it (not so hot feeling, but still kind of burning) when I sit. It kicks in almost immediately. I haven't had much help from the surgeon or my physiatrist on that one. I have a desk job but stand all day (I have a tall desk so I am able to work comfortably standing). Riding in a car for longer than about an hour is horrible. After a year, I've decided that it is pretty much the new normal. It sucks, and I'm hoping it will go away someday. But for now I am attempting to make friends with it. I feel much better when I am moving. In fact moving (esp long brisk walks) seems to be the very best thing for me.

    You are only a short time out from your surgery. Give yourself some time. You'll be feeling better before you know it. It seems like forever now, I know. Keep moving, keep up with your PT, and stretch!
  • I had tailbone pain caused by sitting after my fusion - it does seem to be quite common.
    I too have calf cramps (right side only)but have suffered with them since my first bout of sciatica. They hamper my swimming and used to wake me up in the night. I have learnt to help prevent them by keeping my foot at right angles even when asleep and stopping to stretch when swimming every so often. I also stop swimming when I can feel the cramp coming on. I don't stand on tip toes either. Or wear heels. My right calf also twitches a lot. I don't think it will ever go away but I can deal with cramp much better than the constant nerve pain I had pre fusion!
  • I landed here in search of comments on Coccyx pain after surgery and am pleased it appears to be the norm as I was getting anxious. I had Spinal Fusion and decompression on L3,4 and 5 on 23 february and have been off work since. I was able to walk after one week but there is a lot of other recovery involved. I was advised by Dr. Not to start any PT until after the 12th week which I did and found everything to be stiff and need a lot of streatching all muscles need to be worked as well with a series of exercises which i do daily . I cannot swim at all so am at a disadvantage there as it is highly recommended as the best form of theraphy. I am still unable to sit comfortably but it is improving, is like sitting on a marble and is as per a comment above after one hour must stand and or walk. Walking is now the most enjoyable experience I have as I had not been able to acheive 500 mts without stopping these last 10 years. now distance is no object. My doctor did tell me patience is required after such a long operation 5 and half hours and the body has been realigned.as two discs had degenerated for a long period there had to be compensation from else where so a different set of muscles were being used, that has now been changed so what I had been doing for past 10 years has to be recompensated and realigned....same as getting the wheels and tyres on your car put back in line so all are working evenly !
    getting back in shape after 6 weeks is a very ambitious target..at my rate of recovery I will be happy to move, sit and lie normally after six months which is in line with the Doctors ( all three of them) predictions
  • wow! I cannot imagine being back at work so soon. I hope you are taking good care of yourself. I have had 2 surgeries this year, a 2 level cervical fusion in january and TLIF on 5/17.
    my job will not allow me to return until I can resume my work at 100%
    I have also had pain thru my lowback &tailbone, but the pain/burning and stabbing go all the way from my buttocks between my legs and to the front.
    i am getting relief from ice packs and the meds. But I haven't seen anyone else talk about this and am trying to understand.
    have you all had this?
  • I came here looking for something on tailbone pain. Like L345, I am glad to see it seems to be the norm. I didn't have a fusion though. They just shaved the disc off and removed bone spurs on April 29, 2011. I go back to work on Aug 1, which will be 12 weeks. I am supposed to be able to sit for 30 minutes at a time but my tailbone hurts after 10 and when I stand up it just feels like a shock. Like someone hit me really hard, right on the bone. Does anyone know if this pain goes away? I am tired of staying in my bed laying down instead of sitting in the front room but the pain is so bad that I am not willing to risk it.
  • Wanted to welcome you to the forum. I totaly can relate to your tailbone pain. I too, didn't have a fusion,but had a two level dicectomy. I have the same tailbone pain, that is terrible upon sitting and shooting intense pain when getting up from a sitting position. I had my surgery 2 and a half weeks ago, and really don't sit at all, pretty much recline on couch.

    Are you going back to see your doctor before you return to work? Please be careful, are you able to get up often and walk around and stretch at work? Are you doing a gradual return (ie. a couple of hours, slowly building up?)

    Wishing you all the best, and again welcome!

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • I am lucky that I have a job where I can stand and sit and walk as needed. And yes, I did go to PT (15 visits allowed by my insurance). I do have SI joint pain (may be similar to the tailbone pain I am hearing about). I don't have calf cramps but I do a lot of stretching. I understand it is common to have SI joint pain after L5/S1 fusion. I had SI joint problems before my back started deteriorating (all related to being knocked unconscious by a snowboarder) so now it has come full circle. I have had 2 cortisone injections in my SI joints and the 2nd one seems to have worked as I have less pain. :0)

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • camcyddev said:
    I am a 34 y/o female, who had a L5, S1 Spinal fusion on 3/11/11 (6+ weeks ago). I actually came back to work 18 days post op as I have a desk position. I was diagnosed with a herniated disk, bone spurs and disc degeneration last summer. I went through a series of treatments before I opted for surgery.

    Since I have had my surgery, I have had right calf extreme cramping/aching/throbbing. This is confusing to me because my herniation was more to the left, which should have affected the left side more. Also, in the last 2-3 weeks, directly in the middle of my tailbone, I am having pain like I took a very hard fall.

    -Deborah
    Deborah - I've been through a double anterior cervical fusion, followed by a lumbar laminectomy 5 months later which I pushed too hard in PT and re-ruptured the disc, so I too have been through an L5-S1 fusion. My disc was so torn up I had fluid pressing on the nerve roots/sciatic nerves from one side, and scar tissue pushing on them from the other. I ended up going to the hospital 10 days before my surgery was scheduled because I had such bad numbness/tingling in my right leg that I couldn't even put weight on it. The doc was concerned about long term damage and possible paralysis so he got me in quickly.

    Frankly I'm shocked you returned to work in 18 days. My restrictions for the first 3 months were to lay on the couch and sit up for a maximum of 30 minutes every 2 hours.
    Then I went through 4 weeks of physical therapy and finally got cleared to return to my job on restricted duty working in an office.

    For me, the pain started coming back within a week or so of me working out on my own. It turns out ( as of 11/14) that the left side of my fusion is healing very slowly, but my surgeon can't find the source of all my pain. I had a CT Myelogram and a Bone Scan which showed the nerves looked fine but the left side of the fusion was far behind. I go for an EMG tomorrow.

    Sorry for the long story.... I just wanted to say I can sympathize when it comes to sciatica, aching/restless legs, aching calves, and calf cramps that seem to come out of nowhere, and for me it's always at night, whether I'm just watching TV or asleep. I'm going to try taking Magnesium and Potassium supplements along with the b12 and D that I take daily. I don't get where the calf pain comes from - I stretch them daily. My right calf always hurts. After my laminectomy in March of 2010, I had to go back to the hospital because they thought I had a blood clot in my calf. Thankfully I didn't. I am also suffering from the burning/aching pai n down my tailbone and I can't say when it started.

    Let me know if anyone has some good suggestions. I'm seeing my pain management doctor tomorrow and I want to ask about switching from Neuronton to Lyrica. I also want to ask about piroformis injections because I have a LOT of pain on both sides of my butt that's only relieved for minutes after doing piroformis stretches.

    Also, has anyone had any issues with knee pain when recovering from a lumbar fusion? I have constant pain on the inside of my right knee (which
    varies in severity, and also happens with my left knee occasionally also. I've had one leg or the other buckle while standing/walking. The pain in my right knee is on the inside half from about the top of my kneecap down to the middle of my knee. I haven't been working out. Because my surgeon wants me to limit activity until they solve the current pain issie. Does anyone else get this pain? Does it have anything to do with having a pillow between my knees whenever I'm laying down?

    Thanks to anyone who reads and provides any advice.
  • Hey all,i had an instrumented fusion and decompression on L4/L5 six months ago,im getting slightly worried now as i feel as im not recovered enough at this stage.Im 35 and was very active before my op with soccer and golf.Now im doing nothing only walking and PT,as advised by doctor.Im still getting pain around the hip area and like the last poster im getting knee pain in both legs,which is a new one.My left leg that was very painful before the op is actually improved a lot,which is great.Has anyone here experienced anything like me at the six month stage and does anyone know how my recovery should be going after such time?Id appreciate any input,thank you!
  • I had L5 S1 decompression and fusion on 11-8-11. I came here looking to see if anyone else has the cramping problems I have. I guess it is normal but it hurts! I have cramping from the mid back to my mid butt then around both hips and down my right thigh in the back and occasionally in the groin. I can't sleep because my mid back to my rear actually pull together and makes me very uncomfortable. I have had a hard time with PT especially in the right leg. I too went to work early 2 weeks post op. Most is done in my home but it was a mistake. My family is large and they demand a lot from me. They have helped but they are all tired of it and want mom back...it makes me mad, I try my best. Sitting is the only thing that relieves the pain. I do a lot of walking and PT but I can't stand to stand for long periods of time my back cramps right up. Pain before surgery has almost disappeared but this cramping stinks! I wear my brace for 8 hours a day and sometimes if I am standing I'll make it tighter so I can stand a little while longer. Walking is ok I walked for about 2 hours took a half hour break then did 1 hour more at the college campus with my daughter the other day and I was shocked at how wonderful I felt. The trip was 2.5 hours away from home and the car ride didn't bother me at all but mind you sitting helps my cramping. My tail bone pain is still there but fading. In PT the leg raises are aweful on the right side my back hurts so bad..I can only do 2 sets of 10 then I'm done. Everything else I can do 3 to 4 sets of 10 or 15. I hate going there. My life is way busy and I feel like I should be able to do more. My PT doc says it will all come in time and the 1st year is the worst. I take Valium 3 nights in a row then off for 2 nights cause it makes me cranky but then the day after the 2 nights off I am miserable. I hope all of you feel better soon!
  • Am new and have read everybody's posts and didn't know there was a 2 yr recovery - not 1 yr after my sx from a mva.

    After taking meds for all this time and finding that they don't work, I have reduced my pain med intake by 99%, and intend on building my muscles up. Disclosing that I do have L5 and S1 nerve root damage (spinal cord injury).

    If my muscles are as strong as possible, it will reduce the fatigue my body feels from the extra work to get my legs working. They feel dead sometimes or cold and numb at best. They will work though if I ask them, with enough force. So..... I can control my body and will be doing that. I won't let a drunk driver claim all of my life!!!

    WarningRed Flag

    Members, what was posted here is the opinion of the member and should not be considered as a medical fact or something that you should consider. Anytime you make ANY change in your normal day to day activities, discuss it with your doctor first.

    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Administrator 02/07/12
  • This site is a joke and a real discussion regarding healthcare is not invited!!

    This site should have a disclaimer that it is run by the companies who profit from all of the meds, surgeries, pumps, etc. used for the problems listed on this board.

    It is clear that you do not believe in the objectives of this site. A joke? No, I do not think if you ask the over 11,000 International members if this site is a joke. We have been there to help others and care about what is being discussed. You are misinformed when you state that this or other sites are run by companies who profit from all the medical procedures. I believe you once stated you have advance degrees , I do wish you use them for the benefit of others instead of thinking of only one person.

    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Administrator 02/07/12
  • Hi, I am new here and really felt like I have been the only one in the world going through this. I had back surgery in Nov 2005, had two ruptured discs, my nerves were wrapped around my vertebrae and diagnoised with degenerative disc disease. Everything seemed to be great after that. I was in law enforcement and loved my job. Around June of 2009, my back pain would get so bad that my husband would have to help me from my patrol car into the house, it was then I returned to the neurosurgeon. After no longer being abke to work, I had my back fused L4/L5 in Dec 2011. I am 38 and have 3 children (7,10,13) I don't sleep, I can't sit long (unless in recliner and have pillows strategically placed). I was so bad a few weeks ago that the electrical type pain did not allow me to put any weight on my left leg. I can not always tell I have to urinate until I feel it run down my right leg. I returned to the doctor and he said, "it's just scare tissue, work through it." Mind you, I gave birth to all my children drug free, so tolerating pain is something I can do, but this pain doesn't stop. I tried for disability and they told me that I can work, just not what I use to do. I am so beside myself. I do PT at home, and cry with the pain, I can't afford to go anyplace because not working, we can't afford gas money (the hospital is 45 miles away). I really am sick of this. I have permanent nerve damage in both legs, more severe in left, have tge cramping, muscle spasms and sharp pains. Good thing I'm not a horse..... Would have been taken out to pasture a long time ago. LOL
  • You are not alone in your pain and frustration. After being fused L1-S1 in 3 different fusions the block of bone now sitting on my SI joint is causing SI joint dysfunction. Walking was one of the things I could do but no more. I even was able to ride my bike but no more. So frustrating.

    I can't sit either, or have to be in my recliner. Luckily I am still working altho this year was the hardest. I am able to be on my feet most of the time but there is some lifting and bending.

    I am on drugs to keep the pain at bay. I do not want to have another surgery. I should own a wing in the hospital by now. I have not had a vacation in 6 years since every year I have a surgery and even tho I have insurance there is still the co-pay and back surgeries are not cheap.

    Can you get on Medicaid since you are not working and have no insurance? I know disability thru Social Security is a long and hard process but there are people on this site that have been successful.

    We are all here because we know what you are going thru.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • i am almost 4 weeks post op from an L5S1 fusion. the doc cleaned everything out and used synthetic bone along with mine as well as the hardware. i have drop foot from waiting for so long, and im sure i have SI issues as well. i had such a hard time walking or even standing for longer than a couple minutes before surgery. i have a ton of nerve pain coupled with muscle spasms that make my foot actually move on its own. it feels like a labor contraction in my right foot. i don't see the doc again until the first part of may and won't start any PT until after that. no brace was given as well. i was told walk walk walk. i live in the mountains, so the first trip outside 5 days ago was a bit of an incline up and then back down again. i have been in alot of pain ever since in my foot. is this normal? i mean, i know you can't tell me if it's 'normal' but how did you guys feel less than 4 weeks post op? had a walker until about a week ago and when i step outside i use a walking stick as well as hubby's arm. i am taking muscle relaxers every 6 hours, a small amount of neurontin, and part of a pain pill prn only as i am very sensitive to meds. i walk thru the house and do 'small' things every hour or so but spend a lot of time hand sewing in different rooms and positions. i am an avid quilter and have found that sewing with my machine is a huge huge no no. 5 minutes and im thru for hours. its something about that 'gas pedal foot'. i am looking to compare stories and make acquaintences here as well as get some help and help if i can as well. any advice would be great! thank you so very much!
  • Welcome to spine health! I am about 4 weeks ahead of you in recovery from adr at L5/S1, had foot drop, but have experienced some improvement there.

    My doctor also wants me walking... ALOT. I was able to give up my walker about 5 weeks post op. I still suffer with alot of pain. How long did you suffer for, before you had surgery? Do you see your surgeon again soon?

    Wishing you all the best in your recovery!

    For more people to see your post, I would start a new post introducing yourself and telling about your journey. This is an older thread, and not everyone will read it.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • I had pain on/off since august 2005, most recent severe flareup was in sept 2011. i too had and still have foot drop. i walk a great deal plus keeping up with the kids is a lot of nonstop going as well. i keep going and figure if i'm going to be in pain i'm going to do what i enjoy, however i have noticed my body setting its own limitatiins. i play catch with the kids put can't run yet, i can hit them a few balls but pay for it for about 2 days. no trampolene for me yet. Household duties are difficult at times and it takes me longer to get done what i want to. I used my walker about 2 weeks, i think that's the stubborn in me and having to "depend" on something. I was suppose to see surgeon on tuesday but they cancelled and rescheduled for may. i want him to clear me so i can go back to my old dr who i was told originally was not in netwrk but really was. that's another can of worms.

    Good luck with your recovery
  • thank you both for your comments. i have never joined a site like this before and was not sure how to post a new thread. (i think thats the word lol).
    to answer your questions, ouch2, i was in pain at least 3 years prior to surgery, probably closer to 4. for over 2 years i have not been able to get comfortable in any position, on any piece of furniture, including our bed, and when i laid down or sat the nerve pain would slam my foot like an ice pick and i wished more than once i could just do something to stop hurting. in the morning i felt the pain before i realized i had to pee. it just never went away. i think i pushed it by walking too far. i could barely walk or stand for more than a few minutes before surgery. within 2 weeks i was averaging about 4000ft a day as i measured my 'lap' in the house. when the doc said i could eliminate the walker i could go outside, but the pain of going up the driveway and back down again on sunday had me bawling by tuesday eve. i think i walk about a quarter mile a day now? all inside the house. this surgery was such a blessing for me as i am heavy due to the circumstances but also had no insurance so had to just deal with it until the fear of a wheelchair became a reality and not just a passing thought. my right leg is still dead up past the knee but i CAN sorta wiggle my right big toe and some of the feeling has come back to my left big toe now as well. it's the muscle spasms that are horrific and also the nerve pain. at times it hurts to even put my feet on the floor. i dont know when they say 'walk' how far 'walk' really is? 20 feet 10 times a day? or until your body says woah there slow down missy! i have made a solemn vow that no matter the pain i wont stop moving and i will get better but it's so tough having no one to talk to and nothing to compare things with! i am doing nothing but walking and stretching my calves by laying face down on the bed with my feet off the bed and flexing both directions with my toes. wow im sorry this is so long! prayers to you all!
    terry in idaho
  • thank you both for your comments. i have never joined a site like this before and was not sure how to post a new thread. (i think thats the word lol).
    to answer your questions, ouch2, i was in pain at least 3 years prior to surgery, probably closer to 4. for over 2 years i have not been able to get comfortable in any position, on any piece of furniture, including our bed, and when i laid down or sat the nerve pain would slam my foot like an ice pick and i wished more than once i could just do something to stop hurting. in the morning i felt the pain before i realized i had to pee. it just never went away. i think i pushed it by walking too far. i could barely walk or stand for more than a few minutes before surgery. within 2 weeks i was averaging about 4000ft a day as i measured my 'lap' in the house. when the doc said i could eliminate the walker i could go outside, but the pain of going up the driveway and back down again on sunday had me bawling by tuesday eve. i think i walk about a quarter mile a day now? all inside the house. this surgery was such a blessing for me as i am heavy due to the circumstances but also had no insurance so had to just deal with it until the fear of a wheelchair became a reality and not just a passing thought. my right leg is still dead up past the knee but i CAN sorta wiggle my right big toe and some of the feeling has come back to my left big toe now as well. it's the muscle spasms that are horrific and also the nerve pain. at times it hurts to even put my feet on the floor. i dont know when they say 'walk' how far 'walk' really is? 20 feet 10 times a day? or until your body says woah there slow down missy! i have made a solemn vow that no matter the pain i wont stop moving and i will get better but it's so tough having no one to talk to and nothing to compare things with! i am doing nothing but walking and stretching my calves by laying face down on the bed with my feet off the bed and flexing both directions with my toes. wow im sorry this is so long! prayers to you all!
    terry in idaho
  • I love this site, like you I have no one to "compare notes with", so having everyone here is a great way to stay sane. I'm fortunate to have a large yard to be able to walk around, my dig and I do miss the track nearby for our daily outings since September. It takes about three laps before I loosen up and then walking gets easier, but the kicker is when I'm done and finish stretching, once I stop, the pain to start again is insane. The constant pins and needles and numbness in my left leg is quite annoying. I try to explain to people I can't feel much but it hurts. They usually say how can it hurt if you can't feel. The best way I can explain it is the scensation you have after having a tooth filled at the dentist, you can feel it but you can't. They still look at me like I'm from mars. The dr had me on neurotin only 100 mg once a day and I could not tell a difference he said then I'm not having nerve problems then. I reminded him that the EMG they did proved nerve damage but he is a mightier then thou dr. Hope to talk to you more,so we can cheer each other on!
  • I love this site, like you I have no one to "compare notes with", so having everyone here is a great way to stay sane. I'm fortunate to have a large yard to be able to walk around, my dig and I do miss the track nearby for our daily outings since September. It takes about three laps before I loosen up and then walking gets easier, but the kicker is when I'm done and finish stretching, once I stop, the pain to start again is insane. The constant pins and needles and numbness in my left leg is quite annoying. I try to explain to people I can't feel much but it hurts. They usually say how can it hurt if you can't feel. The best way I can explain it is the scensation you have after having a tooth filled at the dentist, you can feel it but you can't. They still look at me like I'm from mars. The dr had me on neurotin only 100 mg once a day and I could not tell a difference he said then I'm not having nerve problems then. I reminded him that the EMG they did proved nerve damage but he is a mightier then thou dr. Hope to talk to you more,so we can cheer each other on!
  • kasugg you made me smile thank you for writing back! i am on 100mg of neurontin as well because i can't tolerate higher doses. took me a while to get used to what i have now! when did you have your surgery? mine was march 19 of this year. i had to get up and move around a bit but now its back to sit for a while on the bed. this chair is not very cozy yet! i hope you have a GREAT nite and i look forward to getting to know you more!
    t
  • and welcome Kasugg! I read above that you had your fusion in December,so the three of us are only a couple of months apart in recovery.

    I feel for you Kasugg about having a hard time and not being able to return to your employment that you had. I was in nursing before my injury and know that I will not return to that. I am waiting to hear back regarding disability. Do not give up trying.

    My surgeon wants me to be walking 3 hours a day. It is hard, but I actually almost prefer walking to sitting(+++ pain with sitting) The one good thing so far to happen from my surgery, is that I regained some power in my foot so that definately helps with walking.

    I was on Lyrica for nerve pain, and will probably try it again.Also, Spasms have been worse than pre surgery.

    >:D<
    Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • how great about your foot!! gives a bit of encouragement :) today i feel like the bug and not the windshield for sure. yeah, i didn't know about these spasms till post op and holy cow they hurt! every day i try and walk a bit further. i keep telling myself im not even 4 weeks post op yet so i should settle down and not think that im losing the battle! have the rest of a glorious sunday and God bless! :))
  • i am supposed to be going from north idaho to eastern georgia like 2800 miles the middle part of june to take my best friend back to her hubby. this would put it approx 11 weeks post op. my surgeon said i should be okay to go. what do you guys think about car rides that long? it would be like 15 hour days in the car until we got there? then a few days rest and hubby and i can take our time coming home by stopping with friends for a few days each time to rest up inbetween long drives. i am curious how you feel 12 weeks out and if you think this is even possible!
  • Wow, that is a lot of sitting. I am one year out from my most recent fusion (L5/S1) and 8 years out from my first back surgery and I still can't sit for long.

    I would not want to embark on such a trip at any time!! But if you take a lot of breaks to get out and walk, and if your surgeon ok's it go for it.

    I live in Idaho too, near Sun Valley.



    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • That everyone is different, but I, like Jani, couldn't even think about making a drive like that. I also have coccydynia too so sitting is never comfortable.

    Maybe try taking a few trips in the car in the next few weeks, and see how you feel, building up in time if you are able. The surgeon is looking it at the point that it won't harm your recovery, how you feel doing it though can vary from person to person. I hope that you feel up to it by then.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
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