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5 week post op on L4L5-S1 disctomy - questions

I hit my 5 weeks post op from an L4-L5, S1 disctomy/lamectomy (no fusion). I'm actually doing really good. Been back to work for a while and no problems sitting for extended time or walking etc. The pain is gone completely in my back and legs (I had a herniated disc, bulging disc, DDD and sciaticia). My question though:

Did anyone start to develop restless leg after surgery? I had the tinglying/burning feeling in my toes long before surgery which got attributed to sciaticia however it's not gone away (in fact has gotten worse). I only get this at night when I'm trying to fall asleep. I talked with my surgeon about this yesterday at my checkup appointment and he's not sure why I'm getting this. He thought I should have numbness in my toes during the day because of the nerve damage but I don't.

They put me on a med for seizures and nerve damage but so far no luck. I hate to go back to taking vicodin but that's all that worked.

Has anyone else experienced this?


  • Requip is often prescribed for restless leg syndrome. RLS is very poorly understood, but some people have gotten excellent results from using it the Requip. I found that Vicodin kept me awake at night. Caffeine gives me RLS if I drink it within 6 hours of bedtime. If I want to sleep at 10:00, for example, no caffeine after 4:00. I'd stay away from the narcs if you don't need them for pain. Maybe some OTC Melatonin could ease you off to sleep without the RLS. I hope you get some relief--RLS sucks!
    Mother, wife, Southern farm keeper, chicken lady, beekeeper, anesthesia provider. L5-S1 PLIF 9/2013. Visit PLIF blog at http://www.lumbarfusionfusion.blogspot.com
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