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A T12 Laminectomy

I had this surgery in Dec of 2012,It isJune of 2013 it is not healed.I have alot of other things going on such as a nagging pain in my left calf sometimes up to the knee,if I pivot it almost makes me fall,I have muscel spasams in the left calf that are there most of the day.I do suffer from RLS also.I take flexeril and vicodan and percoset when the pain is unbearable.The Dr. who did the surgery said it will be awhile for healing,just wanted to know has anybody else is going through these symtoms. Thank you for listening
William Bullard


  • listen to your doctor. i don't know about neck surgery, but back surgery can take up to a year to heal. i could not lift anything over 5 lbs for a year, which made my wife happy, not. any surgery that goes into the nerves, muscles, tendons, etc of any part of the spine is very sensitive and one must take a while. do you have a pain doctor or is your surgeon prescribing your meds. if not, it would help to get a pain doctor who can work with your surgeon. that is the purpose of pain doctors, to work in conjunction with surgeons, patients, and the family of a patient. if you have a pain doctor, go to him about changing your meds. don't take more than is prescribed by the doctor.
    good luck
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 06/05/2013 - 5:13 AM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • shan3581sshan3581 Posts: 2
    edited 10/13/2013 - 5:23 PM
    Its been 10 months since surgery,I'm on morphine 30mg. the pain is pretty much gone if I sit and do nothing.Also my balance is not 100%,my knees were replaced 7 yrs. ago but sometimes they give while I walk is that part of the healing?I choose not to sit and do nothing so my back pain comes and goes.I still have spasams in my legs is that normal.I guess I'm just disgusted at the healing rate also my legs are not that strong.Anybody is there a light at the end of the tunnel???
    William Bullard
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