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Positive Straight Leg Raise Test after surgery ???



  • lol..I want a prize... :)
    Yes we need to listen to our bodies more. But that is easier said than done when our house is getting messier by the minute.

  • You won the prize Tonya.

    The prize is a bar of your favourite chocolate.
    I'll send it straight away, but if it doesn't arrive, just go to your local store and buy yourself one. :D
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  • Jelly, I am a few weeks ahead of you and I remember being in your shoes! I wake up feeling good (that hadn't happened in so long) I feel energetic, start walking or exercising in the pool, do a few activities, then horrible deep aching would start and I was miserable!

    I was going to take a break from PT for a while, I was just so tired of feeling bad. I talked to my PT, crying in front of many. She helped me to "see the light" reminding me of how bad I had gotten physically before surgery and how early I was in my recovery.

    I had been logging my meds, my activity/pain levels and my exercise. What she suggested was rather that logging my exercise (this comes naturally to me) to log my rest/icing. And while icing to lay with my hips and knees at 90 degress with my feet on pillows (decompressing). I had to "give myself permission" to rest! So, now, I only do 2 activities a day and rest/ice/decompress atleast 3 times a day. It has made a huge difference and I don't have that horrible night time aching any more (atleast for now).

    This is just my experience, but I hope it will be helpful!

  • I think I have probably been overdoing it. I need to ease off a bit, and see if that helps.

    Thanks for the support.
    So nice to know that others have experienced the same thing. :D
  • Are you taking any B6? I had some mild sciatica in my left side post op that I didn't have pre-op and they put me on b6 100mg at my 1 mo and I now have started to notice it getting better. I think that the increase in activity is a big factor!! Today was the achiest day I have had in a long time and I'm sure it was cuz of working all week. I know my hamstrings are tight and my legs felt soo tight, like I don't think I could have raised them 30 degrees, but just starting to feel better tonight. I rested a lot of the day.

    Don't get too crazy about the nerve sensations. They told me I would have this stuff for a while with all the nerve regeneration. The pyriformis muscle(runs through the butt) is another muscle that gets really tight with people like us and the sciatic nerve runs right under it. So even that muscle can irritate our very easily irritated, healing nerves and cause symptoms. It's going to take some time to get all these muscles stretched back. I am so glad i wasn't starting pt when I was starting work or I think I would have had problems. We'll get back there!!! Lynette
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  • Hi there...just seeing this now.

    I get foot and calve cramps...they come and go.
    Last week was bad but things are settling down a little. I found drinking water helps and I've started my vitamin regimin again.

    I'm not sure about the leg pain. I do know that when I first went to PT, they did those tests and it helped them judge how to start my stretching and what to watch for. My hamstrings were so tight the first few weeks of PT b/c I essentially hadn't done any stretching for 6 months.

    I'm still tight but a bit better. I was amazed that PT in 4 weeks improved that 'stiffness' and my core starting feeling a bit stronger. I didn't have a fusion so a lot different but as much as PT kicked my butt...it did make me feel better.

    Good luck.
  • Just thought about something that my physical therapist said to me last week. My back hurts on the left down thru the back of my leg and causes my foot to become numb. I do have muscle spasms too.
    Well, she said that sometimes those contracted, spasmed muscles(like the psoas) can actually mimic sciatica...so, we are kind of working on that notion right now. I just thought it had to be the nerve itself, but maybe it's the muscle over the nerve. It still could be the nerve, but I'm just throwing that out there to you.

    Learn something new everyday!!

  • Hey Jelly! I am surprised you aren't taking a med for muscle spasms. You may want to talk with your doc about this. It is very normal and common to have significant muscle spasms after back surgery. Between all the muscles that were cut, and muscle weakness, all can create spasms which are painful.

    I can really see a difference when I am taking something for spasms. There are times when I am walking where I can just feel the spasms "grabbing" my back.

    Just food for thought as you begin the rehabilitaion phase of your journey this week. :)

    Hope you are having a happy, peaceful, painless Sunday! :)
  • I am having various muscle pains all over the place. I am forming a list so I can remember them all at my firt physio appointment next week. I would explain that as muscles that have been disturbed during the surgery (especially those that had to be removed from the laminectomy and facetectomy).

    But in addition to this, I am getting increasing amounts of the neurological pains that I was getting before surgery. Stabbing pains in my toes, tingling, numbness and twitching and cramps in my calves and feet. After my surgery, I was hardly getting any at all! I just hope that this is all part of the normal healing, but it seems strange that it is increasing. Then getting that electric shock of sciatica when my leg was lifted up, has me worried as to what it means.

    I am not taking any meds now, apart from Paracetamol at night sometimes to help me sleep. Perhaps it is normal to have all these feelings, but generally they are covered up by the meds that people take! Lol! :))(

    How are you doing now?

  • I have read before about people being given B6 after spinal surgery. I think I'll try taking it, as it can't do any harm (as long as I don't take too much).

    Thanks for reminding me! :D
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