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swelling in my feet and legs after surgery.

krazyangelkkrazyangel Posts: 31
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:31 AM in Lower Back Pain
:?? Hello to everyone. I am a month post op. My back is doing great the Dr. said. My problem is that my feet and legs are swollen. They have been swollen since the day I came home from the hospital. I have been put through every test that I could be put through. The results from all my test have came back good. I am on a fluid pill and they still are swollen. I mean swollen from my toes to the top of my thighs. They hurt to touch they is how badly they are swollen. If anyone has been through this after surgery please give me some advice. My surgery was L5/S1 fushion with bone graft and hardware. Rods and screws on April 14th. Thanks for listening and putting up with me in chats. Talk to you guys and gals later Theresa Aka Krazyangel


  • I assume you have checked out any medications that you have been on....

    Was your surgery through the front?
  • yes i have been check about meds. and been put through ever test to make sure i dont have a blood clot. the test results come back great. i was cut from the back. i am going to ask my dr about RSD. if anyone has any advice just post it please.
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  • Has anyone explored the possibility that you are having a reaction to the hardware? It is not at all common, but it does occur from time to time.

    I remember another woman who had similar swelling after lower lumbar fusion, and I am trying to remember her diagnosis. It was something odd, and she had other medical problems, too.

    I'll post if I think of it.

    Does the swelling change any according to time of day? Did it come on gradually or did it happen all at once?

    Hang in there. Someone will figure it out.

    xx Gwennie
  • i am suppose to be having a CT done soon. about the hardware thing that is why he wants a CT scan do i just have to get it approved first. the swelling is the same all day. it is bothering my right knee real bad. i have been swollen for awhile now. i am getting really tired of it. its more so cause i dont know whats going on and i want to know. if you can understand what i am saying. thanks for posting.
  • My mom had surgery 8 days ago on her back. She had a fusion on the lower back(I think its L4 and L5) they went through the front and put screws in the back. She also had bone graph on her right hip. As soon as she woke up from surgery she was complaining of pain in her left leg and foot. Now she is home and from her toes to mid-calf is extremely swollen on that left side. She has had two ultrasounds for blood clots and nothing is showing up. Just seeing if you have any suggestions....
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  • It could be increased veinous pressure. What happens is that the large veins in your abdoman (Vena Cava) run along your spine. When you have a surgery, there is swelling at the spine area and the surrounding area. When you lay down flat on your back or even to the side right after sugery, the vena cava can get compressed a little and this can cause the veinous pressure to build up in the lower extremities.

    I would try lying on your left side as comfort permits and then alternate from side to side for comfort.
    Elevating your legs will also help.
    Gassy foods and anything that could cause increased abdominal pressure, should be avoided.

    All the lasix in the world won't stop fluid buildup in the lower extremities if it is caused by decreased veinous return.

    Its the same process when a pregnant woman has low blood pressure. By having the mother to be lay on her left side, it increases veinous return and brings up the blood pressure while decreasing veinous pressure to the lower extremities.

    Give it a try....

    Simple and no risk involved.

  • Another thing is that you were in the prone position (on your stomach) throughout the surgery process. This also causes alot of intra-thoracic pressure and increased inferior vena cava pressure. Like stepping on a garden hose and the pressure backs up.

    If you have been checked for a Thrombus (possible but not likely due to both legs being involved)tests should still be run. If there are no other obvious problems noted, then try the left side as much as possible.

    If you start to feel dizzy,confused, chest pain or short of breath, call 911 ASAP! It could be sign's of a Pulmonary Embolism. Google it and know the sign's.

    If you get increased pain behind any or both knee's, it could be sign of a thrombus. Consult your Doc ASAP if you do.

    Although rare, these sign's should be taken serious.


  • I had a Fusion and Discectomy on L4-L5 and L5-S1 in late December 2008. After surgery, I began having paralyzing spasms while laying down or attempting to stand up from the edge of my bed. I then started Neurontin, on top of my Lisinopril for blood pressure and ES Vicodin for pain. The Neurontin was working very well. It had cut my spasms down to almost none! Shortly after I began taking it though, I started to notice swelling. I ended up in the ER because I was somewhat disoriented as well as swollen. I had blood work and an EKG done but blood infection and Congestive Heart Failure were ruled out. We then decided it must be due to the Neurontin. I was scared to death to go off of it or even cut it down in fear of more spasms. While in the ER, I was put on Zofran, Morphine, Lasix, & Potassium. I continued the Lasix and Potassium at home for the next two weeks. I cut my Neurontin down but spasms quickly returned. My insurance will not cover Lyrica so I upped my dosage again for the Nuerontin...and then the swelling was back. I stopped taking it all together. I dread the spasms but the pain from the swelling is very bothersome as well. Night time seems to be the worst. I have now been off the Nuerontin for approximately 4-5 days and the swelling is not going away yet. I stopped sleeping in my bed completely. I went purchased a lift chair and am now attempting to sleep in it. Is this normal to still have swelling after 4-5 days or should it be gone by now? I found out I may be looking at another Fusion soon due to another herniated disc found in my post-op xrays. Could this possibly be from nerve compression rather than Neurontin? I am at my wits end!
  • It sounds like you may have decreased lymphatic circulation due to the neurontin you are taking for the paralizing spasms. I would try thigh flexing exercises and talk to your doctor about ace bandage wraps to each leg mildly at first and at about 15 minute intervals. What you are trying to do is increase the lymphatic flow from your lower extremities. keeping your legs elevated as much as possible will help too.Especially after a hot shower or bath. If you develope any pain or pressure behind your knee's, call your doctor. This could be a blood clot. Its rare to have a clot in both legs at one time but it is possible and you have had all the workups for everything else as you stated.. with the time frame your are talking about here, I would say that the leg exercises will help. The wraps will too. The neurontin is most likely decreasing the muscle tone more than needed and cutting the lymphatic flow.good luck,

  • Did you find any answers re: RSD or hardware reaction? My mom just had spinal fusion from T-12 through the sacrum. She has your exact symptoms!
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