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What causes swelling in feet & legs? Does anyone know? Help please.

Mike12buckleMMike12buckle Posts: 8
edited 09/16/2012 - 3:45 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have some pain in my legs, feet, and some light redness with swelling after 9 weeks post-op ALIF. I wonder what causes the swelling? Is it the inflammation from the nerves trying to heal and my body accepting the fusion? No one has explained this to me. However they did tell me NOT to take any anti-inflammatory meds. I have had my first herniated disc for almost 8 years and the second one was noted on the MRI early this year. I guess this healing process will take a long time for me. Please discuss your thoughts on the cause(s) of the leg and foot swelling.
Mikebuckle12
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  • What kind of pain meds are you on? A lot of times narcotics will cause swelling in your feet and legs. They do me. I have to keep my legs elevated to keep the swelling down. Fluid pills do not help at all. I was (and still am) on Oxycodone for sometime before my legs started to swell, then a few months ago the swelling went down. Then when I had my last increase in my pain pump the swelling started again. I do not know if this is what is causing your swelling but it's just a thought.
    Patsy W
  • please do not take anti- inflammatories without speaking with your doctor first. I'm pretty sure that your not supposed to take them while your still healing.Check with your surgeon before you take them.
  • please do not take anti- inflammatories without speaking with your doctor first. I'm pretty sure that your not supposed to take them while your still healing.Check with your surgeon before you take them.
  • i too have had ALIF and like you my legs and feet have started to swell it very painful ..when i asked my consultant he told me that its the sympathetic nerves at the front of the spine .and that's as far as i know .all i know is i did not have this problems before the operation !
    tony{UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,738
    to leg / ankle / foot swelling. Everyone above touched on areas relating to spinal problems and/or/with various medications.

    Swelling of the lower extremities many times is a result of poor circulation. Swollen ankles is a sign of potential heart problems. How you place your legs/feet at the end of the day also can cause swelling. While I was in the midst of
    my worse thoracic problems, the only way I could sleep was laying down on a couch and have my feet dangle off the edge of the couch. My feet started to swell and feel as though there was alot of fluid there. Bottom line, it was because
    I was dangling my feet and the way I had my knees, I was getting proper circulation to the feet.

    Not knowing any of your background or other conditions, its hard to actual pin point what is causing your swelling.
    I would discuss this with your doctor to get correct and formal medical assistance.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Went to spinal doc yesterday and he's sending me to vascular surgeon due to swelling in my feet and legs for ultra sound and/or other tests. Had ALIF surgery 12 weeks ago. I have been walking a hour per day and putting feet up 2-3 times per day. I think swelling is due to inflammation from surgery since I still have a little swelling in my back and some pain there as well. Tried stocking again but doesn't seem to help with swelling now. Wondering will swelling go away once back is completely healed? Anybody else have similar problem?
    Mikebuckle12
  • but also in my back,neck and arms. Sometimes its worse in my hips sometimes worse in my legs and sometimes it just all over. No one has said why just something to the affect of spinal cord damage causing it,but thats just a guess.No one seems to be worried about it because its not them having the problem :))) :-)))
  • .....that probably has more to do with all those donuts I ate than a side effect from my meds. ;)
    Michelle
    L5-S1 Fusion, Discectomy on 7/10/12
    Herniated Discs at L3-L4-L5-S1, Spondylosis, Spondylolethesis at L5, DDD, Partial CES, Lumbar Facet Arthropathy
    Chronic back pain since 12/2010 (slip and fall on ice)
  • Next week will be 4 weeks out from ALIF surgery. Right leg still swelling but left leg is about normal. Had ultrasound done on both legs for swelling and no clots found. However went to see vascular surgeon yesterday for results of ultrasound and he wants to do another ultrasound of my right side to determine cause of right leg swelling. Also have varicose veins in right leg. Since my back problems began about 8 years ago I have favored my right leg thus my left leg was and is smaller than my right. Vascular surgeon says he doesn't think what is causing swelling would cause heart attack or stroke. I have no history of these. Depending on what the new ultrasound shows, he may want to do another procedure where they run dye through veins and could possibly need to put a stin (sp?) in. I am not familiar with this procedure. Has anyone else had this done? Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
    Mikebuckle12
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,302
    Is perneal nerve injury entrapment (branch off of siatic bundle) or complex regional pain syndrome. Their are multiple threads of disscssion of the boards about these two condition.

    Best of healing,

    D
  • Probably caused by gabapentin a medicine prescribed to me post op due to nerve pain on r leg. I'm going to tell them I want to stop the med to see. I know this med cant just be stoped it must be tapered down. The swelling in ankles and feet is causing me more discomfort than anything else! Talk to your docs!!
    Trish
  • i have been bending it makes the swelling worse .swimming also make it worse too .i never had swelling in the feet of legs before the ALIF and both my lower legs and feet are hot to touch .my consultant still tells me its all part of the healing proses .i am not too sure?? i feel unwell all the time ,i was unsure about the fusion and now i know it was not a good idea .i have replaced one set of problems for another !
    tony{UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Whatever the cause (I have swelling of my hands and feet, esp left, etc), the pain for me at least, is lessened wehn I eat a plant-based diet, no white sugar white flour or processed food, lots of whole grains, fruit and veggies: basically an anti-inflammatory diet. And inasmuch as I adhere to it my pain is reduced.
    Just a thought, while you and your dr's figure it all out, to maybe lessen the pain in a way that wont hurt anything (except any desire to drown your sorrows in a pan of brownies :) ... though I've tried making a whole grain, coconut sugar sweetened brownie... still working on that recipe...lol
    Good luck in your quest for healing. :)
    "Where no rain falls, there no grass grows."
    -Elizabeth Hollister Frost
  • lotus30llotus30 Posts: 1
    edited 07/21/2014 - 7:58 AM

    Best of healing,

    D
    I had ALif surgery Oct 2012 when I came out of surgery my legs were swollen came to find out my iliac was cut and had collapsed nothing but problems every since that day.
  • at my 30 months assessment I pushed my consultant for answers regard the aforementioned problems and after a 50 minute consultation he has diagnosed me with long standing arachnoiditis and CES due to previous poor surgical technique if you had never pain before your ALIF its more than likely you will always have it as the nerves have been irreparably damaged do you genitals go numb if you sit on a typical dining room chair the kind of thing you would have a eating table] ? do you legs also go numb or have pins and needles ? this is a sign off CES if you have permanent burning lower back pain and are unable to tolerate things on your legs like clothing or even bed sheets that could be arachnoiditis you may be lucky ..its early days yet and ALIF is very hard and long to recover from think in years not months ,if you're worried see your consultant .and if the pain is so bad maybe a trip to your doctors for a painkillers review .good luck I am now 18 years in pain and have just been discharged as there is no treatment left for me now just drugs
    tony{UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I'm so sorry Tony. They must be the most terrible words to hear...there's nothing left to try. Ugh!! I know I'm a hapless optimist but I have to believe that there might be something, one day...I live in hope. ;-)

    Even with your latest surgery you were here helping people, sharing your knowledge & life experience. You have a wonderful wife & a beautiful daughter. There will always be Floyd! Despite everything you still count your blessings. You're an inspiration & a kind shoulder to cry on. Stay strong & SHINE!!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I had breast cancer 5 yrs and 3 months ago after the surgery which they removed my left lympth node in my arm pit I started to swell .Yep had the blood clot test none.both legs,ankles and feet swell so bad the veins pop in my lower legs .Doc says it was not surgery but I did not have it before. I am taking no meds .I have high blood pressure and can not take the meds it makes me drunk and tired to the point I can not do anything .Tried 5 kinds and doc says there is nothing left to try . Legs go down some when i sleep at night but never all the way .I also have a back problem which I am not having surgery to fix. Elavating my legs and ice packs helps but does not cure the problem .I also drink a lot of water the more i drink the more I swell .I scratched my lower leg today and clear jelly like oozed out never have I had that .Is there anything I can do ?
  • I had breast cancer surgery 5 yr 3 months ago every since my legs ankles and feet swell .I scratched my leg today and clear jelly like came out I have never had that before.they checked for blood cloths and found none . I also have high blood pressure but take no meds for they make me very ill ,I have tried several.The swelling goes down some when I lay down but never totally .any idea as what to do ? I have tried elevating my legs and ice packs .It doesn't help much.Thank YOU
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