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2 Weeks post Laminectomy/Foraminotomy--Lots of pain

It will be 2 weeks tomorrow since my L4 Laminectomy and Foraminotomy and am hoping someone can shed some light on why I'm still In considerable pain. The main issue is walking and standing. I know I need to be walking and have been following the post surgery instruction regarding walking but find the pain almost unbearable. So, my friends, is there anyone who had that much pain after surgery? It seems to be in the top of my leg/buttock area (different than the nagging Scatica I experienced previously.) Currently I'm taking about 2 325mg Lortabs and 1 or 2 muscle relaxants in a 24 hour period. Would love to ditch the meds but can't do it yet. Any help would be so appreciated.


  • I had nearly the same surgery, except more levels. My pain levels at 2 weeks were still through the roof. Walking was a nightmare(but like you I did it anyway). I was on pain meds for about a month, maybe a little longer, but it has been several years since my surgery.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is in my opinion it sounds like you're pretty much right on schedule with recovery. If you have any questions, please contact your surgeon, because he's the one that knows for sure what is normal. Those of us on the boards are just giving you our experiences, which may be way off for you cause everyone is different and heals differently.

    Hope this helps some, and I hope your recovery goes well.
  • Gary,
    Thanks for your response. Sure made me feel a bit more optimistic about my recovery . Good that you're doing well, too.
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