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39 days after anterior ALIF surgery

Peyton180PPeyton180 Posts: 2
edited 09/23/2013 - 4:06 PM in New Member Introductions
This is Mary.
I am age 50. New at this! Sorry if I am doing this wrong.
I had anterior lumbar discectomy and fusion L3-L4 with plates, screws and allograft bone on August 14th for severe spinal stenosis and excruciating nerve pain down entire right leg. Surgery was a success but 39 days post op developed severe pain on tops of both ankles and feet. All I have done is walk at the gym with surgeon approval. Was very active member at the gym and now I can't walk. Feels like both feet and ankles are on fire! Actually stuck them in ice last night but nothing helps. Unable to sleep as muscles ache and twitch. Sciatica is coming back in right calf as well. Don't understand what is going on? This nerve pain in ankles and feet didn't exist before. Spent today and yesterday on couch. Tried neuronton but it never helped! Please help with advice! Thank you.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi Mary,
    You mentioned your foot is on fire. Some things that help--
    Capsazin cream OTC from amazon or local pharmacy. Watch out this is hot so only use as much as you have to and test a little area first. Also don't put on with your hand then touch your eyes, nose, lips, skin etc because capsazin residue will remain on your hand(s) even after washing and will cause mild discomfort to any skin you accidently touch. Zostrix is another capsazin cream that is not as strong and while the reward is not as great neither is the risk. Put the cream on and plan to give an hour to work then go to bed and you should get some relief. If you put cream on then have to put on your socks you may experience some discomfort. Please read all instructions and don't throw away the box.
    Lyrica is a medicine that can help with neuropathy and often starts to give relief after just a couple of doses. Again start with a low dose and follow all your drs instructions.
    Try to find out the cause of your discomfort and eliminate whatever might be causing this discomfort. Good luck and keep us informed about how your doing everyday.
  • Peyton180PPeyton180 Posts: 2
    edited 09/25/2013 - 6:27 AM
    Saw surgeon today! Strange symptoms to him as well! I haven't slept in three days. Put me back on Neurontin and hydrocodone so I could sleep. He said I would need a repeat MRI if this doesn't settle down. Wants me to see a PT for now. Was supposed to back to work next Mon but he said no! Need to be off 4 more weeks! My boss said I need to show up for work Mon or I'm done. Added stress!!!! Don't want to lose my job but I can't function! Go figure. Hoping to sleep tonight. Doc said when they do an anterior approach groups of nerves are moved aside. Could be problem. Thanks for your help!
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