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leg pain and numbness when lying down

terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:31 AM in Chronic Pain
after numerous surgeries and fusions, i have a new problem. when i go to bed or lie on couch, my right leg will go to sleep and i will get pain from the back down to the hip on the right side also it is so bad it wakes me up at night and my leg is so numb, i can't move it. i have to shake leg for about 10 minutes then it will get feeling back. my leg really hurts and it continues until the day time. i will call ortho today to get feedback and maybe an injection but this just started and it has been about a year since my last fusion
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.


  • what your ortho says. If your describing your leg falling asleep - that can come from nerve impingement but can also be from blood flow compromise. Ask him in any of your fusions could affect bloodflow to one of the spinal arteries,or even bone formation around the nerve root. Where was your blood clot before?
  • my clot was located in lower part of my right leg by the calf region. after 10 days of anti coagulants, it cleared up. pain radiates from lower back region to right hip area. it is sever and i am afraid that sometimes a fusion will put pressure on disc above it and it will also blow out. that is what happened after my first fusion. L4-5 blew out the L3 disc. had laminectomy which did not work then i had a fusion which was about a year ago. i think i will try injection in area and hopefully he will do an mri but he is hesitant to do one since all of the metal there will block mri scan. this happens almost every night for the last 10 days. i have not gotten sleep since and it has affected my work which my principal does not give a hecky darn about. she still does not believe my chronic pain stories and never will even though i gave her dr's notes etc

    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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  • i use the lidocaine patches for my right leg nerve damage. it helps to calm it down so i can sleep or function. good luck
  • I was having a lot of night time leg pain until I started elevating my legs. It kept me awake most nights and it was no better during the day.
    I have always slept laying on my side so one night I tried sleeping on my back. That eased the leg pain a lot but put a strain on my lower back. I folded up a couple of blankets put a pillow on top of them and "bingo" I solved my leg pain and lower back problems by elevating my legs from my hips down!!
    Perhaps you already sleep with your legs elevated but if you do not it could be worth a try.
    To mask my savage foot pain at night I sleep in socks winter and summer. LOL...It too, works for me.
    Best of luck to ya...
    BTW.....When you suffer from chronic pain you are always looking for ways to ease to help ease the pain aren't you??
  • I can't imagine the pain of so many of you senior-pain-sufferers. I have a full plate trying to get thru the day - and don't have near the damage you guys talk about.

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  • Jon, Sorry to hear your new troubles. I hope it is nothing serious?

    Have you changed your log in name? I haven't been around for a few weeks and know your photo but the name sounds new?
    Like Pat says, I too get releif from putting my legs in the air, supported by back of sofa at 45 degree angles.
    Anyway, keep us posted.
  • Hey Jon,
    Do you get the pain lying flat on your back or on your side? If I lay on either side I have pain on the side I'm not lying on.From my low back to hip to ankle.Hurts so bad I can't move.Makes it tough to rest.If I lay flat,I get a spasm....What the heck???I am getting tired of being tuned in to how I feel all the time,makes me feel like a self-involved big baby whiner.And that is not my nature.Which is probably why I have the troubles I have. Always thought I was so tough.I just started on neurontin and I also take soma at night,I can lay on my back and sleep (if I try to turn over I go into bad spasm).But I still have no answers for the leg pain....I hope you come up with some solutions for your pain....in the meantime...have as good a day as you can! Sagehen
  • Hi...I am just starting to do my own research and have had leg pain for several years. It started with only my right leg and only when I would go to sleep. I do have a hurniated L4-5 from 2007 and recently have a hurniated L5-S1 read from an MRI. There are some other things going on with my back that I would have to look up. From what I can remember, there is a slight curve and the T7 is buldging. C4-5 is also herniated. Mainly, my issue is only while lying down. I really had no problems or pain when standing or sitting or walking before. I would sleep on my side and get woken up several times during the night with pain and have to lay on my back with my legs elevated til the pain when away. It all got much worse after I had a baby 8 months ago and recently fell on my backside at the Vet's office from the lip of their sidewalk. That just happened 3 days ago and now the pain has started radiating even when I am sitting and it is also now in my left leg. I don't know why my doctor is hesitant in treating this issue. The doc did prescribe Voltaren 75 mg last week, but that was for tendanitus and arthritus in my rotator cuff. Then she gave me ambien 5 mg after I kept telling her I couldn't sleep, but it is temporary, I guess. With this new pain from the fall, I should get checked out again, right? I started my sleep process tonight at 9 pm taking the Voltaren, which is for inflamation and then I took a left over Loratab pill and by 10 pm I took my ambien pill. Tried to go to sleep, but the pain in my lower back and legs is too much and it is still huring as I sit here now. Does anyone ever get a shot for this type of pain and it just goes away? It is now about 1 am and I am going to have to get up early for my baby. I guess I need to speak to the doc again. I do feel tired but my leg and back pain won't allow me to fall asleep. I am sorry if I am just venting, my first time and all. I just want to sleep and have no pain in the legs. Thanks for listening.
  • Dear Jon You have had a long and serious road dealing with several instances of pain. Given your history ruling out vascular concerns or a possible reifection is a good idea.

    Some thing to consider given the amount of surgery you have had is Central Pain Hypersensity (CPH). For many people, with long standing pain the central nervous system becomes sensitized and sends more frequent and more numerous signals to the brain when injury occurs so that a painful instance feels worse than it actually is. This important because given your history this type of pain is likely to cause you concern. And rightly so. The idea here is that once you rule out potentially serious concerns it may be that you hurt yourself in some way and your nervous system is highly excitable to pain but that you may not be in any harm.

    An anti-inflammatory diet is usually a very helpful long-term strategy for managing pain because many of the pain stimulating chemicals released in our body can be directly influenced by what we eat. Unfortunately, dietary will not likely provide any short-term solutions so if your Ortho can provide immediate relief that would be a good first step in pain management.

  • Pain is very frustrating. More so when you can't sleep and you have obligations added to the stress created by constant pain.

    A physical exam would help pinpoint the source of your pain. A doctor specializing in physical medicine and/or manual therapy would be a good option.

    Post pregnancy related back pain is very common. In the latter, the sacroiliac (SI) joint is often involved because of ligament stretching in preparation for birth. I recently read an article implicating the sacrospinous ligament as a potential source of pregnancy related lower back pain. This joint can sometimes refer pain down the leg especially after a slip/fall.

    Injections can be helpful when they target the right tissue.

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