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14 Day Post-Op ALIF/PLIF Fusion L-4 L-5 & S1 Chronic Hamstring Pain Immediately after standing up

brcraigbbrcraig Posts: 1
edited 10/16/2015 - 7:56 PM in Chronic Pain
Hello everyone, as you can tell by my heading, I'm 14 days Post-Op ALIF/PLIF Fusion at L-4,L-5 & S-1.
I had some leg pain in the backs of both legs, in the "Hamstring" area. I contacted by surgeon because the pain isn't going away with physical therapy and getting worse so they set me up for a Doppler scan to check for any possible Blood clots and there was nothing found. They did however say that the circulation was very slow.
With that being said, has anyone had this problem and if so, please let me know what your out come was and what was done? I would greatly appreciate any and all comments or input.


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  • 2dgs4cmpany22dgs4cmpany Posts: 200
    edited 10/17/2015 - 2:10 AM
    Welcome to spineyland brcraig. I do not have help for you but am interests in how you turn out.

    I have a theory as to why there are not more 360 posts on this site...I'm hopeful that people have had such success they have moved along and do not revisit the forums.

    I have 360 this coming Friday. Will keep you posted and truly hope you could leave your good outcome (hopeful) and/or your experience.
  • Good morning! I had this exact problem as well after my ALIF/PLIF fusion/laminectomy. It was awful pain, so bad I went to ER and they did the ultrasound to check for clots and well. No clots but did have a lot fluid buildup behind my knees and ankles. The pain was absolutely indescribable and I would literally sit with my TENS unit on for HOURS!!! (my surgeon was not happy about that but it was the only thing that even remotely helped keep me somewhat sane). I was prescribed Lyrica and it helped a bit. The only thing that truly helps is time. Basically, your nerves are angry from being moved during surgery. Try heat, warm bath with Epsom salt (only covering legs not incisions), and/or Arnica gel. I tried any and every thing I could think of!!!! I still have some pain in my hamstrings and my feet and I am still taking the Lyrica. I hope your pain eases quickly, sending hugs and healing energies! :)
    Grade 1 Anterolisthesis/Spondy L5/S1 with Modic changes and mild disc protrusion, DDD, Osteoarthritis L2/L3, Stenosis, Sciatica, Herniation L4/L5. Scheduled for 360 spinal fusion/decompression July 1, 2014.
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