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Leg weakness and sweating

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am 81/2 weeks post op. While sometimes my balance seems better, my legs seems so weak. After working (I sit down all day) I come home and my legs act like jello. I can hardly fix supper without almost falling many times. Also I sweat like crazy I don't mean perspire I mean sweat dropping from my face, my neck and hair are soaked. Is this normal? And last I am have back pain below the surgery, at night I can't seem to get comfortable. I am not on any pain meds. I still walk very funny kinda like a duck with very little steps. I don't feel good about walking any distance because I am afraid I will fall even with my cane. (I only use the cane if I am walking a great distance) Oh, one more thing, I am still sleeping alot during the day when I am not working, which makes sleeping at night that much harder with the pain.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.


  • Hi Dixie,
    I am a fellow "duck walker", I waddle and hobble , bump into things and am an accident waiting to happen in a kitchen. My unique gait is due to a lot of over compensating, my hamstrings have shortened and when tired , I slouch into my hips, to take the pressure off my lumbar. I have found it easier to sit at a 135 degree angle, rather than an upright 90 degree, I have an office chair which has a tilting seat, and find this takes a lot of the strain off the lumbar region. My legs are not as weak since I got my chair. I also have a timer which buzzes every 45 minutes, I go for a quick waddle about, when it buzzes.
    My sleeping pattern is awful and I have a wonderful husband who braves the abuse and wakes me up when I have slept 2 hours during the day.

    In my opinion your body is showing you signs of pain and you need a good chat with your doctor about some pain killers which are effective for you, I take a cocktail of paracetamol and Ibuprofen, (these taken together work stronger ) I walk 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day and do gentle hamstring stretching exersizes( and the awful core strengthening exersizes) and waddle a little less for this. I sleep with a pillow under my knees as they still are not comfortable to lie out straight yet. The sweating I believe is a symptom of chronic pain.

    You are not even 3 months post op yet, and you have been through a spine op, I am in awe that you are back at work.
    I hope you are feeling more comfortable soon.

    Viking :)))
  • Wow Thanks for the reply, My NS keeps telling me this is a slow process, but I swear it seems like I am going backwards. I was at a point where I could at least stand in the shower for a min or two, now I am back to keeping the door open and holding the top just so I won't fall. I wasn't down for that long, I thought that this would be a faster process now that the pressure was off. Everyone around me says I am getting better everyday. But I still have troulbe getting up from a chair. I can barely get up if i have to get all the way down on the floor, sometimes I have crawl to something to get enough support to get up. And at my age that is not to good on the joints. I guess I am just so ready for this to go away and I know that it never will completely :SS
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  • did you guys have leg weakness before surgery too? and why do you have it now?
  • no, I went through hot flashes about 4 years ago and still have one every now and then. This is different, with hot flashes I would get very hot for about two min and then it would receed. With this, it dosen't go away until I sit down in front of an air conditioner or fan. As long as I continue doing whatever it is it doesn't stop. :<
  • I just read the heading, I don't think I had any leg weakness, but I don't know for sure, I could barely walk due to balance problems, so I was using a cane.
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