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Sleep disturbances after surgery

I am a month out from a laminectomy and posterior fusion at L4-L5 for severe spinal stenosis with some cauda equina impingement. I had some difficulties with hypotension and urinary retention after the surgery and ended up spending 6 days in the hospital. I have steadily improved and no longer have a need for anything stronger than Tylenol. All of my pre op neurogenic claudication and other sciatic symptoms are gone. What I continue to have difficulty with is my night time sleep patterns. I don't stay asleep longer than two hours at a time and what sleep i do have is very light and superficial. I do not feel rested in the morning. I avoid caffeine, napping in the daytime, etc., but that does not seem to help me sleep better at night. I was wondering if others have experienced anything similar, and what might have helped to alleviate the problem. I feel like something in my brain has changed and I'm a little worried.


  • I would call the doctor and see if he can give you something or suggest something over the counter.
    I take melatonin which is OTC and my doctor gives me amitriptyline 50mg to help with sleep.
    It can't hurt to ask. I hope you get a good night sleep soon.
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • Got the prescription today and I hope it helps.
  • It may take a couple days but I noticed the difference right away. I know how hard it is not being able to get a restful sleep. Let me know how it works out for you.
    hollypop said:
    Got the prescription today and I hope it helps.
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
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