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My leg pain in unbearable

xiaoqidingxxiaoqiding Posts: 1
edited 01/22/2016 - 10:05 PM in Recovering from Surgery
It has been for more than a week since I had my surgery last Wednesday, but my left leg pain remains the same as pre-op when I am standarding or walking. There is no pain if I lay on the bed or sit down on the chair. Basically, I am not able to standing or walking because my buttock and leg (left side) are hurting. I called my Dr. yesterday, she told me that nerve may take for a while to clam down , and I started to take Gabapentin 300 mg. However, I am really worry if I have to live with this kind of pain permenetly. any input?
Many thanks
Baoyu Ding
Baoyu ding


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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 722
    Hey Ding...

    NO... you don't have to live with the nerve pain forever. Sometimes patients wake-up from back surgery with ZERO nerve pain... and some patients wake-up with ALL of the same pre-op nerve pain... there is no real way to predict it. Even in my case after my first fusion surgery I woke up with zero nerve pain and then on my second fusion surgery I woke-up with horrible nerve pain (like you) that did not go away for 4 long months. Like your doctor said the issue is that it sometimes takes weeks or even months for the nerve inflammation to go away and for the nerves to calm down. Nerves heal VERY slowly.... so be patient. What you are experiencing is very common... and it WILL go away so don't be afraid of it. I'm in China... where are you?
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • Harry from China! I was nervous about the fact that my left hip/leg/foot pain had increased to beyond pre-surgical levels, (L4-S1 fusion 2 weeks ago)BUT between you, moderator Ron, and the rest of the gang here,I'm learning some very valuable information about recovery.
    Were you put on any kind of nerve meds after your second surgery? What would you have rated the pain then? Four months. ..wow. ..seems like a long while to cope with that kind of pain without some type of medical intervention.
    I know everyone's recovery is different. I'm thinking if my nerves were to heal well in 4 months as yours did, I'd be beyond happy with that even though my current pain levels are through the roof. Thanks again!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 722
    I was on a single daily dosage (40mg I think) of timed release Oxycodone after my second surgery... nothing else... and like everyone else here I kept telling my doctor something is not right because the pain is at least as bad as before surgery. In his own style my doctor would just smile and say everything is ok... it will get better... and I would bite my lip and smile back... but inside I was totally frustrated. Of course in the end my doctor was right... he has seen and done it all for many years... but that doesn't make coping with the pain any easier. 2 weeks out is early days... but you WILL get better... hang in there. Like you I've also learned a lot from this forum... and enjoy using it... my friend calls it AA therapy for busted backs.
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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