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Return of numbness after surgery

dbullwinkelddbullwinkel Posts: 224
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I posted a while ago about a return of the numbness/pain in my right arm and hand that I had pre-op. It started after new PT exercise so PA said to stop PT for a while, increase muscle relaxer and ice. Before the surgery I noted that the numbness/pain was worse when I was laying flat or sleeping in bed. It would wake me in the middle of the night and I would walk around the house crying until it went away. It eventually lasted all day. I Changed pillows, etc. to no avail. Since the return, stopping PT resulted in NO real change in numbness; maybe just a bit less arm pain. I have been sleeping in bed with an incline pillow and a memory foam pillow that is supposed to promote good posture or in the recliner reclined. Each morning I am awakened by terrible right arm numbness all the way to the tips of my fingers. It takes a while of being vertical for it to go away; ranging from one to 3 hours. This is how it started last time. WELL, last nite I fell asleep in the recliner sitting up and my husband didn't bother to wake me. Besides waking up a with a stiff neck I had ZERO numbness and also less "morning" pain in my neck.
Does it seem that a nerve is being impinged on when I am laying flat? But yet it didn't start upon again until after new exercise.
I am finding myself VERY FRUSTRATED with this whole situation...when I call the doctor I only speak with PA (policy) and she feels it is muscle strain; as long as it goes away after I am up,not to worry...that is easier said than done. I am keeping a log of when I have numbness and when I don't to bring to the doctor (not until end of november).
Has anyone had numbness that is brought on by laying flat or semi flat? thanks.


  • When I lay on my left side and bring up my right leg I get a dull stabbing pain in my right butt.

    I guess certain positions cause nerve impingment.

  • I have numbness too as I wake up. I also use one of those memoryfoam pillows small side up. I have numbness on my whole left side but it goes away in a few minutes. I hope the numbness/pain resolves for you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • I had lumbar surgery but yes if I lie flat in bed I get numbness in my feet.
    I am also getting numbness in my hands now but I think that is positional as I sleep with my arms above my head.

    I hope you get a resolution soon and great idea to keep a diary. You can even add what level of pain you experienced 0-10 in it.

    Blessings Sara O:)
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