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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,208
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Good evening, morning, afternoon, wherever you may be! :))(

I am 11 weeks post-op from a l4/l5 & l5/s1 laminectomy and discectomy. I am to the point where I no longer have hip pain, nor really back pain accept on days where the weather changes and I get those aches that I'm sure I'll have for the rest of my life considering I've had aches in my knees since I was 6 years old.

My problem, concern, is that after laying down for any amount of time, when I attempt to sit-up or stand-up, I get a pain in my pelvis area, and get a really weak feeling like my lower back/pelvis area can't handle the weight and it feels like I'm just going to collapse from the weakness and pain. After standing up and walking around for a few moments the weakness and pain goes away (90% of the time) but it worries me that when I go back to my real job (I'm on desk duty right now) and an emergency comes up I won't be able to get out of bed quickly like I should be able to. At times it takes me up to 2 or 3 minutes of me sitting up just to get standing!! :/

I have been going to PT since week 2, I do all my exercises and core body stretches, but it doesnt seem to be getting any better! Anybody have a similar experience, advise, suggestions? My Dr. (well assistant) thinks it's normal and states that stiffness after laying down will probably be there forever. I refuse to accept that, and believe there has to be something I'm doing wrong or something I can do to solve this problem.

Other than that, I'm feeling 100% better that I was a few weeks ago.

God bless,



  • using the log roll to get out of bed? And when you do try to get up make sure to REALLY turn your core stab muscles on, it makes such a difference.
    Also if you are going to PT can you get the physio to watch you get up from the bed and see if you are dong it right.

    You are right and you dont have to accept that it will always be difficult. It may be that you need a muscle relaxer to have a t night to start with but if you are determined then it will get better.

    I also do some stretches in the morning before trying to get out of bed. It helps me.
    Blessings Sara O:)
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