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Post Op Radicular Pain during recovery

After seven months of recovery from lumbar laminectomy and decompression, suddenly I wake up to a severy stinging sensation from my right hip to ankle.. If felt like a thousand wasps were stinging me all at the same time... Then, as quickly as it came on, my leg just relaxed and it went away... I am also suddenly having muscle spasms and charlie horses that I didn't have before.. I take Tylenol Arthritis and Gabopentin at night which helps me sleep for a few hours.. Is this part of the recovery process with nerves "awakening" or am I going backwards.. And, I was doing so well.. Anyone have a similar experience?


  • I had that type of pain post op too, and I gotta admit that was tougher to get through than the actual pain from the surgery because it hung around for a while.........the gabapentin helps and for me, it was Lyrica.....
    Try eating a banana each day, you might be surprised how much the potassium helps ease the muscle spasms, along with the use of a muscle relaxer, but the bananas became my biggest friend during muscle spasms.
  • Sandi. Do you know if a potassium supplement will work just as well? I really control my diet to avoid constipation. I don't like taking laxatives & bananas aren't a bums best friend when it comes to that! ;-(

    I make sure I get lots of magnesium for nerve pain. I hadn't heard of potassium for muscle spasms. Thank you!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I would imagine that it would........I just eat the bananas because I like them, but some people don't....so if a supplement is a way to get the potassium in various fruits and vegetables, then I would certainly give it a try.
  • Sorry! That was such a duh moment! I don't know what I was thinking. There are plenty of yummy foods that contain even more potassium than bananas. Supplements are actually a bad idea because too much is just as harmful as too little. I searched & already eat plenty.

    You've got the patience of a saint sometimes Sandi. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Thanks Sandi, Since my last post I underwent an EMG / NCS.. turns out I have Radiculopathy in left L5 / S1 and right S1 that is causing my pain and paralysis.. I did begin taking a prescription muscle relaxer.. which really knocked the pain and spasmosis out and helps with the cramping.. But, at the same time, it leaves my legs weaker which makes it almost impossible to walk.. As well, I am seeing an Orthopedic Specialist tomorrow.. My goal for now is to stay upright and out of a wheelchair.. Good luck thanks for the info and support.

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