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Pain from Bending

Wife had Surgery on 2-11-11, removed bone spur, and had a bone graff fusion to realign the spine L4-L5.
6-1-12: While bending over to get a magazine she felt acute pain. Ever since then annoying symptoms from pain in hip area, to a strained feeling in the left leg, to tingling sensation in feet. Went back to Surgeon, and he thought the scar tissue formed by the surgery probably tore slightly and this caused inflammation around the nerve. Recommended to wait approximatley three to four weeks for healing and for the nerves to settle back down. Prescribed 800 mg Ibuprofen.

Anyone else ever have this experience. My wife is very despondent and depressed over this. Many other surgeries over the last 4 years (Heart Valve Replacement, Pericardial Window, Gall Bladder removal, and this back surgery)


  • First off Rod your a good husband in doing some research as to see what will help her. There are many back surgery patients that have up's and downs in the first year of recovery. So while the the incision itself is healed, she still has a lot of healing on the inside going on. Hopefully they took some x-rays to check and be sure everything was still in place? Is she still doing physical therapy or has she done physical therapy since her surgery? She might still know some of the stretches that might help get the muscles loose again. What about some ice/heat to help, with the pain? Does she take any other medications for nerve pain such as neurotin, lyrica or cymbalta? Just thinking out loud as to what might help.

    keep us posted on how she gets along.
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