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Pain on sitting and getting up and down from sitting.

Sweetpotatoe57SSweetpotatoe57 Posts: 97
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I am 5 months out from Laminectomy,Foraminotomy, and Factectomy at L5 S1, and still not sitting well, but wondered if anyone had pain that lasted a long time in the lower back and butt area when standing up after sitting, and just sitting in general, and if so, how long does this go on. I am doing lots of PT, and probably have over done things, but I am really stressing about all of this. Thanks for any insights. sweetpotatoe57


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,584
    I am 10 years since my last cervical surgery and almost 20 since my last lumbar.
    Still due to all the previous surgeries, scar tissue and arthritis, sitting for prolonged periods of time is uncomfortable and when I first get up to stand or walk, it can take 5-10 minutes before I can get around comfortably.

    Continue with exercise, that can be one of your best allies in minimizing this scenario.

    I admit, that in my younger days, I did not adhere to all the things I should have and I didnt do all the exercises I was suppose to do. So today, I pay more of a price then if I did do the right thing.

    So, it is so very important to keep up with all the good habits to maintain a healthy spine.

    You will appreciate that much later in life
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Thanks for your comment. I always wonder when to be concerned, or not concerned, and what is the normal healing process. I had a severe compression for over a year, not being picked up by 3 MRI's! I also still have swelling, that is very slowly going away, and can't sit for more than 20 to 30 minutes at a time. But besides that pain, just getting up hurts really bad. Where did you feel your sit pain? Do you think I am still eary in my recovery to be so worried? sweetpotatoe57
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  • I am exactly 6 months post-op today, still in PT and am still trying to be able to sit longer than 20-30 minutes. I still can't work a full day of work and my back will spasm within 10 minutes of sitting on a hard surface (chair, etc.) I do sit on an exercise ball when working which helps a little. Dr. said it is normal... PT said just taking longer than most, but nothing to be concerned about.

    I walk 3 times a day, 5 miles total, water therapy 3 times a week, exercises, 2 - 3 times a day and doing all the right things.. Be patieint, though I know how hard it is.
    Next week I see my Dr so he can review the 6 mo. xray. It is a long, long road....

    good luck!
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