Has anyone had any brusing or muscle spasms, etc after using a bone growth stimulator after surgery?
I am 35 days post-op from a L4-L5-S1 fusion. It was done minimally invasively and I went home the same day. Everything went great. At day 28 I had managed to walk up to 10,000 steps a day once and had decreased my pain meds a lot (as needed). Although the doctor gave me the note to not return to work until Nov. 11th, I started back in the office work for 2-3 hours at a time (I have a sit/stand workstation- very easy desk job and I made sure to alternate posture, etc) after week 3 because honestly I was sick of being at home and felt great. I had someone drive me, etc.
About a week-10 days ago I was given my bone growth stimulator, which I was very excited about (because I can't wait to be healthy/athletic again and fuse perfectly!). I'm supposed to wear it 2 hours a day. I read over every single word they gave me in pamphlets for negative contraindications and found none (not even anything about the battery, etc). I asked him if it would help MORE if I wore it longer and the rep who came to the house said cervical patients wear them for four hours, so I'm thinking "I'll wear it for sure 2 hours, but maybe up to four hours".
I've worn it religiously for the 2 hours and on some days put it on later in the day for another spell. (I'm really motivated for bone fusion- taking lots of suppliments, drinking Ensure, etc)
About 5-6 days after starting the bone growth stimulator, I was taking my usual walk around the block and all of a sudden I got this horrible pain by my incision site. Like something was biting me. ("Something" would have had to crawl under my brace). I stopped, tried to reach back and it stopped. Walked a few more steps, same pain. This continued back and forth every 10-15 steps. Took brace off to look when I got home and saw nothing, no redness, but that side (left side) incision area was numb-ish. (Like as if I had an icepack on it for a long time). The right side incision felt fine.
I HAD to go pick up my daughter from school; but by the time I got home; I had some pain down my left buttock and thigh (my pain prior to surgery was on the right side/leg). So I called the dr and after asking all the questions (did I fall, twist, lift something, etc- answer is no) he told me to take it easy for a few days. Well I laid flat for two whole days and the "biting" pain has mostly stopped but I'm getting muscle spasms in both legs more than I have before and there is a bruise forming around the left incision. It's still numbish.
I started thinking- maybe it is correlated to the bone growth stimulator. Has anyone had anything similar happen when they used a bone growth stimulator? Brusing, muscle spasms? I do feel some pain after I wear it for the whole two hours. Not any type of pain I can put my finger on, just hurts, achy.
I'm going to stop using it extra hours and I've been told I can cut the two hour segment I "need" to wear it into one hour segments so I'm going to do one hour in the morning and one hour at night to break them up.
But just wondering what other people's experiences were. I'm very excited about having it (especially since my insurance paid the whole thing!) but maybe I would feel better knowing my brusing and pain was from it because then I didn't hurt myself?