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burning in feet and lower legs continue after PLIF

kathyykkathyy Posts: 586
Hi everybody. I am 4 weeks out from a PLIF/instrumentation with decompression and removal of spinal cyst. Before my surgery, burning in my feet and legs was a big issue. Well, I still have it, pretty much like I had before surgery. It is especially bad, tho, when I sit too long or walk too long. It isn't quite as bad when I'm fresh in the morning.

Has anyone else had that type of symptom? It doesn't exactly "hurt" but it is hugely annoying. I'm so hoping that this will heal itself, at least to some extent, over the coming months. Any comments from others having the same experience would be appreciated.

Thanks - Kathy in Atlanta


  • I understand your concern, no doubt. But nerves do take a while to heal. Hopefully what you are feeling will decrease over time. I've heard it estimated that when the nerve pain comes back (usually does to some extent), it can take half as long as it was impeded upon to heal. In my experience, the nerve pain after surgery is about half as bas as it was before.

    The key is whether or not the pain decreases over the next few months or not. It's quite possible, even likely perhaps, that it will. You should remain optimistic, and try to take it easy. Light walking and light stretching. In my experience, any more than that does more harm than good.

    Good luck

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