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Spinal fusion post op leg pain

Berly 175BBerly 175 Posts: 1
edited 12/12/2013 - 9:57 AM in New Member Introductions
I am 2 weeks out of post op. I had cage ..rods ...screws...bone graft and fusions l 4-5 s1. Having really painful ache in right calf and burning like cant Stand for anything to touch it. I've read post of others but really no answers from what dr told them. I am going to primary today to get help...I hope. Any suggestions. Also had decompression of nerves an diskectomy.


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    I'm sorry that you are having difficulty, but what you are describing is not at all that uncommon in the days and weeks immediately post op from a fusion surgery, especially if there were nerves compressed to any extent, prior to the surgery. The nerves once the pressure is relieved tend to wake up, resulting in burning, stinging , electrical type pain that can last some weeks or months, depending on how extensive the damage was and for how long it was there prior to the surgery.
    Usually some medications such as Lyrica or gabapentin help to ease that pain.
  • Just to give you some hope, I had surgery in April with similar calf pain which was extremely sensitive to touch. I couldn't seem to reach it myself at first so I got help to rub in moisturiser every day. I found that this gave some relief and as time went on it gradually improved. My pain also effected my hip and my big toe. I thought this was very weird until I looked up a dermatome map as suggested by Sandi and saw that a nerve runs all the way from your lumber spine to your foot.
    I also take Lyrica for nerve pain which helps.
    You're at a very tough stage in your recovery, it's big surgery and you've been through a lot. Every week gets a bit easier. Be kind to yourself.
    DDD. Married,Mum of 2, Age 45: 2007 & 2008 L5/S1 Discectomy
    April 2013 L5/S1 Anterior Fusion
    & L4/L5 Artificial Disc Replacement
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