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Pain after Lumbar Fusion (12 days post op)

ButierriesBButierries Posts: 7
edited 02/08/2015 - 3:12 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello. I wanted to see if any of you have experienced what I have going on. After surgery, I was progressing fast, but then one night I started getting terrible muscle spasms. They are in the lower back, and into my thighs. They are so painful I scream out in pain uncontrollably.

The odd part is, when using my right side, that is what triggers them. My left side is healed and no issue. If I try to lift my bum a little with my right foot while in bed it happens. Or if I try to lean over the the right a little to maneuver into a sitting position it happens.

The spasms wake me all night, they happen a lot. Then after having them, I regress. So for the next hour or so, I won't be able to bear weight on my right foot again, etc.

Has anyone experiences excruciating spasms after surgery? How long did it take for them to stop? TIA!

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  • This is common. Asking this I am assuming this is your first fusion. 12 days post op is nothing. At a minimum they cut through your muscles, manipulated your spine and probably adjusted your cord doing this. The procedure causes swelling in the area of the surgery which can inflame around the nerves. Nerves can heal from any injury except seperation. If you had a budge that area has been repaired buy it takes time as your nerves regenerate. If you aren't on a muscle relaxer call your doc. If that isn't enough you may want to try neurotin - it is a drug that helps with the pain of nerve damage. You wouldn't need to be on it long, probably only a couple of months depending on how long the damage was. When I say pain, it isn't a pain medication in any sense of the word, just helps with the specialized discomfort that comes with nerve pain. If your doc has you on an actual pain med this could be some of your problem also. The only real pain you should have is from the surgery itself, any pain from before should be gone even if it doesn't seem like it. The pain meds could be masking part of it making the nerve pain more prevalint. Each day you will get stronger and after fusion it gets a bit worse before it gets better but that will improve each day. I would get the neurontin script from your neurosurgeonor spine surgeon, they will be very familiar with it. A family doc may only hear the pain in nerve pain and think you are drug seeking. You should be able to call the office and they will call it in, you won't need to see them for this. Good luck.
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