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almost 4 week post lumbar fusion.

tesai110ttesai110 Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Have fusion on L5S1 on January 14, 2010. I seem to be doing better than i expected. Have been off pain meds almost 2 weeks now and am now driving where ever I want (yay!!). My problem is that ever since I woke up from surgery I have not been able to lift the toes on my right foot (I've heard it's called foot drop?). The NS refered me to PT, today was my first day and OMG I feel so sore! Is that normal? Any suggestions on the foot drop? I'm so frustrated that I can't get moving quicker...guess I've never really had much patience.


  • I don't know about the foot drop but yes - I felt sore once I started doing more exercise. You will probably be worse (sorry) tomorrow.
    Good luck!
  • As with all back pain one thing you will learn is you will need to be patience.

    Wishing you to be pain free

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  • My PT always puts me down for the rest of the day, sometimes 2 days. It is a tough balancing act for both you and your therapist to find the best level of exercise to increase healing with minimal pain increases. As you get to know each other that should get better. I would always expect some additional pain after pt, the goal is to strengthen and that takes some "pressure" but you should still be able to function.
    Remember patience, patience, and some more patience :)
    You are early in recovery anyway, so PT will "slow you down"
    God bless and keep You...moving comfortably,
  • Tesai-you are doing great!Please don't overdo-and yes PT makes you hurt and be sore--you might try taking a painreliever before you go-the first PT sessions usually remind us of what a big surgery we have had.Try not to rush-you don't want to experience the "3 steps ahead,2 steps back"thing.
  • I just got back from NS follow up, he's going to send me for a CT scan because of the foot drop. Hopefully it all turns out ok...and yes, I hurt way more today. I can't even do the exercises today. Hopefully tomorrow I will be better.
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  • I know my physican told me there is a 5% chance of foot drop and I am having a L5 S1 fusion. Did you have any weakness prior to surgery? Your PT should be able to help with the foot drop. Lynette
  • yes Lynette, i had numbness and pain more so than weakness, but NS says it should just take time (fingers crossed)
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