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severe foot pain 13 weeks following spinal fusion

tracy2765ttracy2765 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi im Tracy 45 from Blackpool UK.
I hope ive posted in the correct place as im new to the forum.

I had a spinal fusion of my 3 lowest vertebrae and nerve root decompression left leg 13 weeks ago.
Since surgery I have had pain in my right lower leg and foot, and kept being told its inflammed nerves and will settle. At about 8 weeks I did start to feel more positive about my recovery and slowly increased my walking. However I am now 13 weeks and for the last couple of weeks my foot pain has dramatically increased making it excrutiating most of the time particularly during the smallest of walks. My lower leg remains very sore as well.

I had a CT scan and saw the Registrar yesterday for a review. My CT scan doesnt show any problems and I was told that there was no obvious reason for my pain.

I take Oxycodone 10mg twice, Pregablin 150mg twice daily and Paracetamol as my pain relief.

I am a nurse and cant work or drive and feel very low.
Can anyone offer any advice or let me know if you suffer the same post operative complications. I do call it a complication because I had no pain in my right foot or leg prior to surgery.

I havent started physiotherapy yet as the hospital have messed me around, but do hope to start soon. A nerve conduction test has been requested for me as well.

Its all so frustrating because my back pain is 80% better than before surgery.

Thank you for listening x


  • I had some nerve issues after surgery but not as bad as you have described. I asked my Dr. about Lyrica and he perscribed me some. It did make a huge difference for me once I was on it for a week or so. You might ask your Dr. if he thinks it might help you. Some use Neurontine which is also used for nerve pain.
  • tracy im having the same thing been back and checked 2 times and was told it was nerves crushed for 2 years that it takes time to heal,how ever i dony know ,last time i went back gave me z-pack said they was inflamed,

    i had same left leg and left foot pain as bad and maybe worser because now its like on fire.and from my knee down its like a deep bruise feeling and a tooth ache and my foot feels like its been crushed on fire.

    now my right leg and foot has no pain just my right foot stays ice cold.but still my lower back hurts like crazy and cant go bare footed on hard wood floors instanly huerts me.

    im begaan to wonder if any thing helps your back when we get a little age on us also go ddd.

    maybe it will get better for the both of us hope is all we got good luck in your recovery...ray..usa

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  • Thanks Keith and Ray for replying. Keith im on Pregablin which is Lyrica maybe I need to try increasing it, will ask GP when I next see him. Ray hope you start to feel better sounds really bad glad mine is only 1 leg.
    I dont regret having the surgery because my back is loads better but my foot/leg pain is worse than my back was, hope time will heal.
  • Yes I started out with 1-75mg and then went to 3 a day and it helped alot. The only con was the 15 lbs. I gained while on it.
  • Keith I cant thank you enough. I mentioned about the Lyrica and on your reply you said about your weight gain I have put on 14 lbs since it was increased to 150mg twice daily, about 16 weeks ago. I know i may have comfort eaten because of how im feeling post surgery but not enough to gain so much. I never knew about the weight gain and ...im a nurse !! Thanks again. Now how do I get the weight off !!!!
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  • Chris10CChris10 Posts: 1
    edited 11/09/2015 - 6:58 PM
    I had fusion on L4 L5 and S1 on Sept 9 th 2015 I have been in misery I haven't even seen doctor yet for follow up just his nurse .my feet r on fire I feel like I have lighting shooting threw my toes .all I'm on is narotin and Tylenol I'm going crazy .what can I do . please help

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  • I'm sorry I can't be much help but now I know that I'm not alone.
    On Sep 28th I had 2 discs replaced and a fusion. My incisions are in the front and the back. The first 2 weeks were pretty bad but it got better. Unfortunately, now almost 2 months after surgery, my calves and feet hurt a lot. I can't walk more than 15 min without being in pain. I feel as if I walked around Disneyland with my high heels on.
    I am currently taking Gapentin 300mg twice a day but it doesn't help. The Dr says that the pain is due to all the nerve movement during surgery and that it will eventually go away. I have started elevating my feet in hopes that it works.
    If anyone has a solution or ideas please let us know.
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