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Plif L5 S1 and Spacer L5 L4 and Spinal stenonsis opening

Hi All,
I had the surgery on the 9th of this month and was in for two nights.Due to the fact that I was on so much pain killers prior the Operation upon coming out of surgery the Morphine done nothing to ease the pain and the epidural had to be removed as it was working up my body rather than down.
I was walking in the hostpital corridors within the first day and continued to walk little amounts on the hour for the next week.
I had no back pain and no pain in my left just a niggling in my left leg. Then 10 days out the left leg began to be extremly painful and sleeping was none exsistant. I have Butrans paches 15mg, Tramadol/Paracetomal every 4-5hrs, Ibroprohen 4-6 hours.
Nothing was touching the pain I have had to stop walking as it is so painfull to use my left leg, it only settles slighly for 10-15mins if laid or sat then I need to move again.
I researched the PLIF alot prior to decicing to go ahead but I had read so many good reports I decided to go with it as I wasn't sleeping and had pain in my lumber and both legs constantly.
I would like to hear from anyone who has anything they can tell me, is this normal, does it get easier, I'm currently cracking up with the pain.


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    yes, increased nerve related pain is pretty common post op, due to the compression on the nerves being relieved. the nerve starts to 'wake up' and can cause an increase in neuropathic related pain for some days, or even a few weeks. it should settle down again , soon. you can talk to your surgeon and he can put you on a nerve pain medication that may help to calm the pain down a bit sooner.
    i know how bad the pain can be, but you can not stop walking. even small amounts of steps, instead of completely stopping is better than not walking at all.
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