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6 weeks post laminectomy/lumbar fusion

Hi. My 68 year old mother just had laminectomy and fusion surgery. She is in horrible sciatic pain from hip to tops of knees. She is virtually bed ridden and growing more depressed by the day. Surgeon isn't particularly concerned but obviously we are. Any recommendations? Has anyone had success with acupuncture? Thanks for any input!
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  • Recalling from my early post-op weeks, it did take a long time for the leg pain to decrease. I too asked the doctor and they said the nerves heal last. Pain control is a good plan because the more comfortable I was, the more willing to move and do things I became.

    I have never tried accupuncture so I cannot address that part of your question.

    Stacy Ann
  • How very sad and stressful for your mother and your family. I'd suggest asking the doctor about whatever "nerve" medicine she is on. They might need to up the dose on that. Some people have bad luck with side effects from this type of medicine and have to give up on it too soon. I take gabepention and it was 2 solid months of taking it before it actually worked, but it did. So make sure she is on a "nerve" medicine, not just pain medicine and ask if that an be adjusted. Try to get her out of the bed as much as possible to improve spirits and make sure she is doing something with her hands (sewing/knitting/cross stiching, etc) Useing hands can truly help with decreasing pain and its anxiety. I have never had acupunture, always thought it was sort of "against" more traditional medicine. I noticed last time I was at my surgeon's office they office (which is huge) has added accupunture to its practice! How cool is that, it is for those patients who either surgery isn't an option, or want to try more conservative treatments, or experiencing lots of post surgery pain. Good luck! Keep us posted.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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  • Hi,

    Went to see the surgeon today with cat scan results. Turns out her sacrum is fractured in 2 places. He attributes the severe pain to that and the fracture is stress fracture from trauma of surgery, osteoporosis, advanced age. Now she needs to be on bed rest for the next 4-6 weeks. At least we know her pain isn't her new normal after her surgery. Really hoping she'll get beyond this and recover. It has been a very long ordeal for her!
  • I guess this is good news to have some answers but bad news about an extended recovery. I hope she feels better soon.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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