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Leg Pain

Hi. I had surgery two and a half weeks ago. I had my L5 & L4 fused along with some nerve work. I am recovering well, however my legs hurt. At first it was nerve inflamation and the doctor put me on steroids for a week. But now my muscles hurt, especially at night. Any advice? I have tried walking more, sitting up more, laying down more. Not sure what makes them hurt worse than other times.



  • Hi Jo,
    Did your doctor prescribe a muscle relaxer? That might help. Also, if you had nerves worked on, you might want to ask the Dr about a prescription for a nerve med like neurontin. You didn't mention having nerve pain, but it might all be tied together. I had my l4-l5 fused 3 months ago today. I can tell you that at 2.5 weeks post op, I still felt like I'd run a marathon. Surgery takes a lot out of a body for some reason. Take it easy, allow yourself to be lazy, and you'll get thru this.

    Good luck!
    Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
    Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry
  • Hi ... I had L4/L5 and L5/S1 plus nerve work, cyst removal, facet joint removal ... Nearly seven weeks post op now ... I AM making progress and so will you, I a sure, but like you, I am lying on my heating pad, diazepam and an oxynorm an hour or so back and wondering what was it I did today to get this nerve pain down my leg? Today is the right leg ... Last week it was the left leg! This is so common and almost to be expected. Do not worry ... Take your meds .. Especially if you have nerve pain killers and muscle relaxants . Tomorrow is another day ... Sometimes it takes a few dYs to get back to when you last felt ok. Do not despair A even at seven weeks as I am, it is really early days.
  • Good luck.. I have been struggling with changing symptoms and all kinds of leg pain, spasms, weakness, you name it, and I am seven months post op.. Maybe the nerves are waking up after being compressed for so long.. I wish I could find an analgesic of some kind that would soothe and relax the nerves and muscles.. If you find one, let me know.. Good luck.
  • I am just shy of 4 months out and take 90 of Neurontin. I have not fused, so she is taking PT slowly with me. Twisting felt OH so good, but she nixed it when I started with increased pain in my back.

    I too had numbness they said was " depression" for 2.5 years before they realized I should get a MRI.

    Hope everyone is having a low pain day!
    Fusion at L4-L5 disc due to Spondylolisthesis and L5-S1 due to partial fusion. Removed the Pars and used the bone with cadaver bone grafts for fusion. Currently in Month 4 with little to no fusion currently.
  • Hi, I also have severe leg pain at night after having a disc replacement and fusion 9 weeks ago. My surgeon has told me it is referred pain from the back due to nerve damage before operation. It is a slow process around six months before nerves repair themselves. I take Lyrica 50mg twice a day for nerve pain, it helps. Also remedial massage on the calves each night has been making a difference. Also cut back on my physiotherapy and walking I think I was doing too much and need to learn patience. Hope this helps
  • Since my last post, I have become weaker and in more (alot) of pain.. I also had an EMG / NCS that showed Radiculopathy in left L5 / S1 and right S1.. They did prescribe a muscle relaxer that really knocked the pain out, but it seems to have made my legs and lower back weaker.. I have an appointment with an Orthopedic Specialist tomorrow to approach this from a bone / muscle angle.. I sure hope it works..
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