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Normal to be achy now that I'm moving around more?

Ok, so I've been out and about walking, window shopping and shopping. No heavy duty shopping or lifting just small things. I did go to the casino for a few hours (I was really doing good!) Toward the end of yesterday I noticed my back aching way down low. It's not the same as the sciatica pain was. For the ladies on the site I could best describe it as that PMS low back ache. Does this sound familiar to anyone or troublesome?

ALIF April 2011 but it turns out I broke before it barely fused.
L4-L5 posterior fusion December 2013


  • CaliforniagirlCCaliforniagirl Posts: 10
    edited 01/15/2014 - 7:38 AM
    Annie-m, I had ACDF level one at C5-C6 with removal of bone spurs (osteophytes). I am 5 weeks post-op. I saw my surgeon yesterday who told me that yes it is normal to be achy or have more muscle spasms with more activity. He told me that eventually it will go away, but to really listen to my body. If I have more muscle spasms with more activity then I am doing too much. I am SUPER achy today and I don't feel as though I am doing too much. But I feel like it's just the little things that can make me achy. My plan for today is to rest, use some heat, ice, and muscle relaxers. It is SO boring and my mind is far ahead of how my body truly feels. I FEEL your achiness! So listen to your body. Maybe your "little" things are adding up and you need to take time to rest:).
  • SteveTSSteveT Posts: 178
    edited 01/15/2014 - 8:00 AM
    I'm almost 3 months post op and still get a bit achy sometimes - normally at night after doing too much during the day. I didn't use heat for the longest time because it made my leg pain worse, but I use a heating pad every night now and it helps a lot.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
  • I'm achy like arthritis achy....mostly in the morning, or when it's raining.
    2013-4 Level ACDF C4-C7 herniation with severe spinal stenosis at C4-C5. .Bulging disk at L3-L4, and L4-L5. Herniation at L5-S1. As of 8/29/14 Bulging disc at L2-L5-S1 and disc protrusion at L3-L4.
  • For me the pain usually starts mid morning. I'm pretty sure I'm starting to do a little too much but just driving, walking and sitting. I can slow down now that I have gotten some things taken care of.

    ALIF April 2011 but it turns out I broke before it barely fused.
    L4-L5 posterior fusion December 2013
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