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Itchy incisions!

Day + 13 postop L 4-5 XLIF, and it isn't as bad as I had expected. Yeah, I get the occasional left leg cramps ("charlie horses," is what the neurosurgeon described them as, sometimes it feels like a twinge, sometimes it feels like the Kentucky Derby, but nothing that some Lortab and Valium can't handle for the most part.)

For the most part, I'm using the walker, but have ventured away from it. I started home PT five days ago, and am working on developing strength and better control in my left leg. My feet still feel normal, and my back isn't aching too badly unless I sit for too long (more than 45 minutes at a time at this point.) Had the staples out the other day, and I was told the incisions are healing very nicely. Problem is--they itch! I could go Dr. Seuss-like, and say they itch, they itch like a soma--------!

I've been keeping them washed with soap and water, rinsed and dried well, and was told to avoid lotions, creams, and powders. Is this just part of the healing process, or am I starting to develop cooties or something?! More importantly, how do I stop the itching?
I'm not a spinal diagnosis. I'm a human being with a spinal diagnosis.
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  • Itchy, yep that's good, it's nearly healed then. A few more days and then it'll be gone.

    Keep up the god recovery!
  • Roz5382RRoz5382 Posts: 46
    edited 12/24/2012 - 7:50 PM
    I would second that.
    Itchiness means it is healing nicely. Bear with it. Don't scratch it however tempting it is. You will be rewarded at the end.
    Merry Christmas!
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  • Yes, the itching drove me crazy. I didn't use freezing ice, just a cool pack, numbed it a bit and was soothing, took away the burning itch feeling
  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,786
    They maybe Ok with a topical like a moisturizer or antihistamine such as benadryl cream - again get an OK from your doctor - this is NOT medical advice - this is what has worked for - been approved by my doctor in similar situations. Surgical site would need to be completely healed and the itching be caused by dry skin. - In summary ..... talk to your doctor(s) before starting - stopping ANY medication - even vitamins - herbal - or any other OTC (over the counter) stuff.

    Regards,

    d
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