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Post operative sleeplessness after L3-L4 laminotomy

PvillapolPPvillapol Posts: 1
edited 05/22/2015 - 5:48 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I am 2 weeks post operative after an L3-L4 laminotomy and overall I'm healing well, but I have developed the worst restless legs. That have kept me from getting a good nights sleep for over a week. I am absolutely bleary eyed and so tired and restless. My GP prescribed me 10 mg Ambien and it help a little but I still haven't had a good nights sleep in over a week. Never had sleep issue before as I've always been a solid 7 hours+ guy. I am concerned about returning to work in a week or so without being able to get a good night's sleep. Anyone else experience this and have any good solutions or can offer hope of some good rest for the weary.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    You are still soon in your recovery. Maybe the ambien will have better effect as time goes on during your healing.
    Maybe with healing, your body will reset its norm and give you the sleep you require.

    Going without sleep has accompanied my chronic pain for years.
    My Pain management/neurologist did sleep study on me...periodic limb movement disorder....but I never felt movement or any restlessness with legs.

    Anyway, he prescribed med which improved my life..although I will still have one maybe two nights a week of going without sleep.
    But is so much improved. Getting good sleep...priceless!
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  • Hi l too had restless legs post op, and cramps. I took Magnesium and Calcium pill which helped the cramps and l got up and walked around for a few minutes which always eases my restless legs. Only lasted about six -eight weeks post surgery before it settled down. Also l was taking Gabapentin which the surgeon told me to continue to help the nerves in the legs.hope this helps somewhat.
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