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post Op Spinal Fusion - leg & foot numbness

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  • When was your fusion surgery? Nerve pain commonly flares up post op and can last several weeks or months- in fact, in some cases up to two years post op. Does that mean that it will always be there? No, not always. Nerves only recover at a rate of about 1-2 mm per month........depending on how long the nerve or spinal cord was compressed , the extent of the compression, and the amount of damage, determines how quickly the nerves will recover. As they recover, the sensations change, and improve, lessen as more time goes on.....

    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spinal-fusion/spine-fusion-risks-and-complications
    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spinal-fusion/one-four-weeks-after-spine-fusion-surgery
    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spinal-fusion/spinal-fusion-surgery-recovery-one-three-months-post-operation
    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spinal-fusion/spinal-fusion-surgery-recovery-three-months-and-after
    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spinal-fusion/postoperative-care-spinal-fusion-surgery
    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/rehabilitation-after-spine-surgery
  • I am checking in to let you know the latest test I am getting ready to go through. I went to the other doctor for my second opinion and I like his way of thinking. He has me scheduled this coming Monday for a Discogram. I am scarier to death because I know it can be extremely painful. The reason he wants to do this is because after everything he has viewed on my most resent MRI and medical history he thinks that L4-L5 (above my fusion) is the culprit. He said he is going to test Three discs S1-L3. I wanted to know if any of you guys have had a Discogram? Was it as painful as everyone says? Did it answer questions and reveal were the problem and pain is coming from? How long after the test did it take for the pain to subside? I know the pain I have had to the point of wanting to pass out, I just hope this test is not that painful. Thanks guys :)
    Laminectomy & Discectomy L4 L5 & S1 in 2004.
    Spinal Fusion L5-S1 2012
    Re-herniation of L5-S1 & L4-L5 2014
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  • Hi everybody I had a spinal fusion of L4-L5 L5-S1 4 weeks ago because of a fracture of the pars articularis of those vertebrae. I am doing rehabilitation since 2 weeks ago. consisting in magnetic pulses or something plus local ice in the back, recently the ice changed for local heat. In the last week I started some exercises of lifting legs and stretching them.

    Ok, here is my problem, since the first day postop I felt a localized sharply pain in my back's right side and it is present until today. Before the surgery my only symptom was back pain in the whole lumbar area when I was stand for a long time or did much walking. Right now the pain is present every day and yesterday I had numbness on my right foot, some areas of my calf and like a sensation of cold in my thigh. Did any of you have similar experiences? My doctor checked me up 2 weeks ago, and as far as my right side pain is concerned he told me It was normal muscular pain.

    Thank you and best wishes for all of you,

    n1ckname
  • Hi,

    When I was 15 I fell off the back of a horse... At age 17 (after 2 years of pain and no doctor able to find out what was wrong) I finally saw a specialist who diagnosed me with Degenerative Disk Disease, Spinal Stenosis, and Severe Sciatica... I wen through therapy and it seemed to help for a few months.. At age 20 I was rushed into the ER one morning when I woke up and could not feel my back down through my toes on my right leg. They hospitalized me for 6 days before they did x-rays and an MRI. Doctor dropped his jaw and scheduled me for an emergency L4-L5 fusion the next morning with a bone graph and a cage insert. Most of you know how the next few months follow... Bed rest. Pain. Threapy. Yada yada. Not to mention 4 months after my spinal fusion, I had my tonsils taken, 9 months after spinal, they removed my galbladder and appendix.

    Well I'm now at 1 year 6 months past L4-L5 Spinal surgery (aged 22) and I have the worst pain now than I did before surgery. My leg (lower thigh above the side of my knee and just above my ankle) is physically hot to the touch, extremely tender and painful. My right foot is either tingly or on fire all the time. They didn't give me time to get a second opinion. I nearly lost my ability to walk. But now, even with physical therapy and medicines, nothing helps. I am in constant pain from the moment I wake up and even in my sleep. I've seen countless doctors and they all just brush me off and send me home with more 800mg of Ibuprofen. I don't know what to do. I need relief. I don't know if I'm just psycing myself out with the possibility of a failed fusion or something. Can somebody help me? Give me some insight of what to expect or do? I'm just at a loss....
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  • In June of 2014 I had a cervical laminectomy from C3 to C7; before that my left hand had curled up and I would have leg and foot drop of the left leg and foot. The leg and foot literally would stop functioning as I walked. After the cervical laminectomy I am able to use my left arm and hand and I no longer have a left leg that stops functioning. Issue was the spinal cord had been compressed and is now decompressed but there is some damage to the spinal cord sheath remaining. The only negative of the surgery is the nerve pain in the left arm and hand that can become excruciating at times. Now, in March or April of 2015 I will have a lumbar spinal fusion of L4-L5, and laminectomy for decompression of nerves in the same region; I am 68 and in very good health. I am more apprehensive about the surgery coming up than I was with the cervical surgery and the possibility of heightened back and leg pain that I am hoping will not be the case.
  • With my history of cervical laminectomy surgery to decompress a compressed spinal cord, and the Minimal nerve that runs down both arms that control how arms and hands function and periodic paralysis of the left leg and foot; they would just stop taking commands from the brain to move; I started looking for spine doctors, and I can say this to all; do not hesitate to get a second or even a third opinion even if a doctor is not in your insurance coverage. The cost is low to get that second opinion. Only drawback is the time it takes, but that is the way it is. There are good doctors and bad doctors and all in between as to how they approach and work with patients. The doctor who has no time for you is not the doctor you want operating on you; think about that.
  • The following is mentioned because this is what I do to help control and get pain relief. I take Acetaminophen, Alpha Lipoic Acid, B-12, B-6, D-1, and Folic Acid. The Alpha Lipoic Acid is really held high as a fighter against nerve pain. I cannot suggest or will Isuggest to others to take these supplements, but I here am simply informing about what I take to aid in the healing of nerves.
    Nimrox said:
    Hi,

    When I was 15 I fell off the back of a horse... At age 17 (after 2 years of pain and no doctor able to find out what was wrong) I finally saw a specialist who diagnosed me with Degenerative Disk Disease, Spinal Stenosis, and Severe Sciatica... I wen through therapy and it seemed to help for a few months.. At age 20 I was rushed into the ER one morning when I woke up and could not feel my back down through my toes on my right leg. They hospitalized me for 6 days before they did x-rays and an MRI. Doctor dropped his jaw and scheduled me for an emergency L4-L5 fusion the next morning with a bone graph and a cage insert. Most of you know how the next few months follow... Bed rest. Pain. Threapy. Yada yada. Not to mention 4 months after my spinal fusion, I had my tonsils taken, 9 months after spinal, they removed my galbladder and appendix.

    Well I'm now at 1 year 6 months past L4-L5 Spinal surgery (aged 22) and I have the worst pain now than I did before surgery. My leg (lower thigh above the side of my knee and just above my ankle) is physically hot to the touch, extremely tender and painful. My right foot is either tingly or on fire all the time. They didn't give me time to get a second opinion. I nearly lost my ability to walk. But now, even with physical therapy and medicines, nothing helps. I am in constant pain from the moment I wake up and even in my sleep. I've seen countless doctors and they all just brush me off and send me home with more 800mg of Ibuprofen. I don't know what to do. I need relief. I don't know if I'm just psycing myself out with the possibility of a failed fusion or something. Can somebody help me? Give me some insight of what to expect or do? I'm just at a loss....
  • I'm 5 months spinal fusion post op,when after my op I didn't have a problem with numbness,I'm not sure when this came on my surgeon has said it's memory pain which is ridiculous as I didn't have any pain in my feet,before my op certainly no numbness,if anyone has had similar problems and did get back to normal I would like to hear from you.
  • I am 4 month out of surgery and still no relief from the tingling and foot pain.I am take ng gabapenton for nerve pain and other melds for pain I am seeing an orthopedic Dr who did surgery and was told that I might have to live with this condition unfortunately I can't live with these conditions they are extremely uncomfortable was wondering what others avenues might be available to help me with these symptoms thank you Eric

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