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So much tingle

stickboy_wondersstickboy_wonder Posts: 3
edited 05/08/2015 - 1:27 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Im just over a month post op from an L4-S1 fusion with a bone graft at L5-S1. My doc said when he opened me up the nerves were a lot worse than they appeared on the MRI and as a result part of my right foot and a couple of my toes went numb. The doc said that most likely its from the nerves being messed with, he used a little more colorful term but thought Id keep it it G. Ever since I came home I have had some pain in my foot, which has only increased in frequency and intensity. I have read on this site that, in short, this isnt unheard of. The pain is managable during the day but on a good night I get roughly 4-5 hours of sleep due to the pain keeping me awake. I came home with percocet and morphine and the doc gave me neurontin at my first check up. My question is; should I call the doc and give hime an update to see what other steps can be taken as far as pain management? Also, I feel my leg go numb a little if I have it bent at a 90 degree angle. Basically sitting upright in a chair.


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  • I am by no means an expert but my understanding is that nerves grow back very slow (someone's post I read said about a thumbs width per month. You are only a month out so please be patient with yourself and don't get discouraged. You will find a lot of support here.
  • I'm 7 wks post fusion and have so much more tingling and numbness in places that weren't even present before. My surgeon told me that is normal and can take a long time to heal, as mentioned by last poster. I too have a lot of pain still and tingling, and have just been referred to a pain clinic so hopefully they can help. Also, did u have a posterior or anterior approach to your fusion. I had posterior and was told they have to really mess with the nerves to get there compared to anterior approach. We're both still early and this will get better. It's not an easy road. Best of luck to you.
  • They did a posterior approach. I expected so residule pain from the procedure but nothing like this I have also noticed that the nerve which gave me issues before is still acting up(which isnt all that bad). My biggest worry is sleeping. I gotta take percocet just to subside the pain at night. At the end of the day when I climb in bed its like a switch has been turned on and the pain takes over. It feels like a sunburn on the top of my foot with the in and out pain of the intense stabbing pain. Blah, but I have noticed a decrease in the amount of pain and frequency of it at night, so thats a plus.
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