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Post op L4L5 laminectomy/ discectomy survival

Grace2525GGrace2525 Posts: 1
edited 05/26/2015 - 12:13 AM in Recovering from Surgery
18 days postop. Having right hip pain, calf pain, "spasms"& ankle pain. I had pain preop however this is a new pain. I had hip pain off and on before surgery. Now My hip hurts constantly. It started 1 week postop. I also have numbness to my last 3 toes on my right foot and on the posterior aspect of my right calf. I have been told "this is normal" . I am worried there is something wrong .


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  • You are only 18 days post op. I have read lots of people saying they have had similar feelings and attribute it ti things in your spine just walking up. Be gentle with yourself and rest. {HUGS}}}

  • I am now at 8 wks post op L4-5 discectomy/laminectomy and still can't sit for very long and have nerve pain on my right leg foot ankle that's all new. I'm now on neurotin/gabipentin for this new nerve pain. I still have sciatic pain down to my right foot. I'm still hearing that it will take months to completely heal. So hang in there and be positive. I know it's hard and I still struggle with it.
    Dawn williams
  • Hey Grace hang in there, I know you herd this before, but I had the surgery. It's tough but you made it this far now focus on th long term. I remember my doctor telling me that this surgery is very difficult because of the nerves that is located in the spine area. You have to rely on your inner strength and the great people who respond to your questions, an axiality as you go through your pain and sleeping pattern . Please do not feel alone we will always be with you. Keep asking questions so you don't feel alone
    Ronald J. Geron
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