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L4, L5 & S1 Leg pain

ShaDon5584SShaDon5584 Posts: 2
edited 06/13/2015 - 7:16 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello, First time here. I'm writing this for my husband who had surgery in Feb 2015 for the L4 L5 & S1 and to remove a cyst that has been pressing on the nerve for over a year. Well his lower back is fine maybe little discomfort in the morning when he gets up in the morning then it goes away. Problem he is having is pain from the hip to upper thigh to his knee area. he is going to PT but it is not working matter of fact it is making it worst. He is stretching the muscles and knows that the nerve will take a long time to get back, we are told that the nerve takes 1/4 inch a month to improve. WOW RIGHT!! The real problem is, his right knee keeps Buckling from under him and he falls .... He doesn't know when it will happen and that is very scary. He has complain and the doctor states that he is healing good and that everything looks great. But does not know why his knee is buckling and the pain he is having. He is really getting frustrated with some of the PT they over treat and he goes back to hurting more. He has been taken his nerve pain medicine and it helps a little but not for the knee issue. There are days before he goes to PT and he feels pretty good until he comes back from there, oh boy torture for 3-4 days..... Now he is on hold from PT until he see 's the doctor on the 29 of June. If any one else is having the same problem with the knees and if they have found any thing that will help please give us the info. Very sorry for the long post. Thank you again


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  • Thank you again. The femoral nerve is not the problem as PT did do the test for flexing the nerve however, you might have a point to maybe it is part of it.... As far as stretching it and the muscles down the right leg to the knee... We are continuing to do the stretching at home and following what PT had him doing just not as many times like 20, instead we are doing 10 - 15 at a time and when he starts to help we stop and it seems to be working so far along with him taken his Aleve only in the morning when he gets up from bed which our PD and OP stated it was okay to take, which seems to help until the next morning. He also takes his Gabapentin 300 mg three times a day and Baglofen 10 mg at bedtime. He uses a cane and has to have it on the right side so when the knee does buckle it will prevent him from falling to the ground, which does help. Time will tell I guess but we will not give up and he is strong will which is great right now. Thank you again.
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