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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
I had lumbar fusion surgery 3 months ago and I am still having leg, calf and foot pain to the point I need to take pain medication is this normal?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347

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    3 months post surgery is not a very long time. During your recovery process, hopefully you have been seeing progress. Question?, how long did you have problems prior to surgery? The reason I am asking is that pain that lingers after surgery many times turns out to be nerve related pain. The longer a disc had impacted a nerve root, the longer it can take for the nerve to heal. In some cases, depending on the amount of time prior to surgery, the length and complexity of the surgery, nerve pain may last anyway from 4 months to over a year.
    Normal pain medications are not going to address nerve pain. I would contact your doctor to describe your current pain symptoms to see if you could be having nerve problems. There are many medications that do address nerve pain (ie, Lyrica, Neurontin).
    I've been taking Neurontin for almost 2 years now and it does address most of my nerve pain. To date, I have had zero negative side effects using Neurontin

    Nerve pain can differ from spinal pain in that nerve pain can tingling, it can burn, it can feel like hot stabbing and it can also feel like you constantly have to rub the effected area. Of course, everyone experiences this differently.
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