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Muscle spasms 1 week after surgery

I had surgery Aug 21st which ended up being decompression and spinal fusion L4L5 with instrumentation. Breezed through first 2 days but it has been getting tougher since. Came home Monday. Seeing my GP this morning.

Pain has at times been unmanageable and I have taken more dilaudid than I needed at hospital. Since the middle of last night I have been having muscle spasms of the upper left side of my back. Movement and breathing triggers them so I can't take a deep breath. Is this common? Has anything worked for anyone?


  • I didn't hear back from anyone on this so I don't know if it was an experience unique to me. My gp told me to up the pain meds so I did and managed a little sleep finally, but overnight started having dagger like pains in my right chest. Friday morning I had an ambulance ride to hospital with oxygen sat dropping. diagnosis pleurisy, atelectesis and possible pneumonia. no pulmonary emboli. I just got home this evening. improving but still not great.
  • Sorry to hear about the medical emergency and hospital trip. Hope they get that sorted out.
    Regarding muscle spasms, were you given a muscle relaxant by your surgeon or GP? It might be worth getting an appointment and finding out if they have any ideas to help. For bad muscle spasms, I would imagine a muscle relaxant would be more effective than a painkiller. That is just a guess though. Good luck.
  • My GP has never been fond of these and they can be very dangerous when mixed with narcotics so I don't think he would have given them but I think I waited too long before I upped the meds. I will see him on Thursday when the staples come out and will discuss it all with him. Thanks.
  • MaregoldMMaregold Posts: 46
    edited 09/02/2014 - 4:56 PM
    I have had multiple lumbar and cervical surgeries and was always prescribed pain medication in conjunction with muscle relaxants. Your surgeon is the one you should be directing your questions, not your GP. Having your muscles in constant spasm will not help your healing. Have you tried ice or heat? Please address this with your surgeon.
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