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Post-op Laminectomy ( Muscle Spasms)

Hi , 7 weeks ago my Mom went for a Laminectomy in L5/S1 and L3/L4. 
She had severe muscle spasms but some of the leg pain started to disapate. 4 weeks post-op she had to get her appendix taken out as she developed appendicitis . 

She is now 7 weeks post-op for the Laminectomy and still has severe back muscle spasms almost disabilitating. She is becoming depressed from lying in bed all day but does still walk regularly and does he Physio exercises. 

I would just like to get some kind of answers on to whether this is normal, and how long she going to have these muscles spasms for and when she can expect to start feeling better. She has good days where she up and walking  and bad days where the spasms are so bad she can barely move. The neurosurgeon said it’s normal but he sometimes comes across as rude and we can never get a clear answer from him. 

Thank you. 



  • hi kathpel123

    welcome to spine-health

    we cannot advise you medically on your mum's conditions but i wanted to say thank you for supporting her through this.  my daughter has given me great support and it really does make such a huge difference.

    that is good that your mum is walking as that is one thing that will really help.  getting out into the sunshine also helps, so even if she is having a bad day, try to persuade her to go outdoors, little and often, in between her lay downs.  we tend to get a little depressed after  surgery so sunshine can help lift your mum's mood and give her vital vitamin d.

    there are lots of articles and surgery groups on this forum for you to read or even join in if that helps.  just let us know if you have a problem finding anything.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research on spine-health that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
  • If she had muscle spasms before the surgery, it might have been related to something other than what the surgery intended to address. And by the way, I had a quadruple laminectomy a little over seven weeks ago (T10, T11, L4 and L5) plus a fusion with rods and screws, and I am still very sore. I am able to hobble around on a cane, but I still need painkiller to fall asleep at night.  I use those blue freezer extra-large cold packs throughout the day.  The discomfort is slowly getting better though. Tell your mum to hang in there.

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