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Hi, my name is Nicky. Ive been struggling with back pain for many years. In 2011 I was diagnosed with a blood disorder and my Hematologist didn't want me to go for a back operation. I have been more off sick this year than in the past 9 years, I was referred to a well known surgeon (4th one in 2 years) so I went for an Anterior Discectomy L5 S1, fusion and Osteotomy on 18 June.

Since Sunday my legs are in so much pain I can hardly do the bed exercises the physio gave me. The leg pain is worse than before the op, fortunately I have less lower back pain. Two of my toes on my right foot are numb and from today I'm having pain on the heel of my foot when I walk, it feels like there is something there and its burning like crazy, but there is nothing. According to the physio these are nerve pains which are common and can last up to a few weeks, if it is too intense she said I might be too active and should rest more and not sit for longer than 10-15min 3 x a day. I'm wearing a soft brace which I take off when I sleep but it's now irritating the wound on my tummy.

The Stilpain I got when discharged is not really helping. I have some Lyrica left from before the op which helped for the pains in my leg, it however gave me headaches and I would only use them as a last resort. I'm waiting for my GP to prescribe some Tramacet which will hopefully help.

I was just wondering if anyone else had/has the same experience and if there are any advise/tips you can perhaps give me. I've tried to search for the same or a similar procedure but can't find any.

Thanking you in advance


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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