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Hot flashes following lumbar surgery

Nb55NNb55 Posts: 2
edited 02/21/2015 - 4:37 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I apologize if this is a repeat. This is my first time on and I'm having trouble getting used to this. I am about 10 weeks post lumbar surgery. I had a three level fusion, was in the hospital for six days in the rehab hospital for seven days have had 12 treatments of in-home physical therapy. Currently I am waiting to go to my surgeon for my three months post surgery visit. Ever since I had surgery I have felt hot. I am usually not that way. I am usually cold more than hot however I have not slept with a blanket on me hardly at all since having surgery and it's in the middle of winter with below freezing weather. I will get hot and feel like my back is burning up and then I'll get cold. Mostly I stay warmer than cold. I've been searching and searching to try to find out if surgery has caused this. I am postmenopausal and have had my share of hot flashes in the past but they have not really bother me as much as these these are. I am also unable to sleep. I've been searching and finally found a forum that addresses this and wondered if what is happening is because of the surgery or what. Hopefully some of you can give me some advice.


  • I had a lumbar fusion 2 years ago, also in menopause, and noticed that my meds caused worsening hot flashes. Plus my backside was so married to my heating pad that I scorched the blood vessels! Yes, it was bad, but the pain was way worse than the heat.
  • I am not near menopause and one of my current symptoms is unusual sweating/hot flashes, did find online a couple sights that said sweating can be a side effect of neuropathy. All my issues are L4 and down, so I wonder if the lower back/spine is related to that?
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I endured a year of this after surgery. Lost alot of weight unusually fast without trying. Finally I demanded either put me in the hospital or start doing test, Im not leaving this office until we have a plan. If hot flashes are your only symptom I dont think I would be concerned but if other issues are there such as weight loss. feeling unwell all the time then I would start seeking treatment. Mine was a infection of the spine. Good luck
  • therebakttherebak Posts: 39
    edited 03/29/2015 - 4:32 PM
    I am just 2 weeks post op and I am so thankful to see I am not crazy about this sweating stuff. I am 59 and past menopause so I knew it was not that. My 1 night post op,I had to literally have cold wet towels placed head to toe with a fan placed on me. My skin felt like u could fry an egg on it but had no temperature . I continue to have this weird sweating for no reason and,have to have a fan on me every night now . it is awful , awful ! I am sorry there are other people experiencing these but so glad to know I am not alone. So this can be from the nerves being irritated ?
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