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L5/L6-S1 fusion 3 weeks post op. Is this normal?

Hi everybody. I had a L5/L6-S1 fusion 3 weeks ago. The first 2 weeks weren't too bad but this third week has been horrible specifically in the mornings.

Since the third week began I have been waking up crooked and leaning to my left side. I also get some kind of extremely painful spasm if I try to correct my posture or do much of anything during the first 2 hours of waking. The spasms are so painful I cry out and feel like I may pass out and have to grab onto a door frame or a railing until it passes. This only happens in the mornings.

Is this normal? Is there anything I can do before I get out of bed that could help? Thanks



  • Spasms are normal. In some cases, it can be worse. It gets better. You had a pretty big surgery and those back muscles are thick and strong. Give it time. Don't overexert yourself. If it gets so bad you can't stand it call your Dr.


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