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After months of visiting this site, I have finally decided to take the leap and join in with discussions. There is such a wealth of information here, and it has been invaluable in helping me to understand (and come to terms with) my particular situation. Thanks to everyone who contributes!
I am five days post surgery - a hemi (or partial) laminectomy for bone spurs that were literally pressing on my sciatic nerve. So far, my recovery has been great - I was walking a few hours after surgery, went home the same day, managing incision pain, etc.
However, this morning I woke up with incredible neck pain; the kind that feels like you slept funny, but much more intense. Been taking Zanaflex as directed, Norco,etc., but no real relief. I guess my question is: is this neck pain a symptom of my surgery? My surgery was lumbar, but is it possible to have pain in my neck after surgery? Very puzzling.
Ellen Grant


  • stenosisRosesstenosisRose Posts: 489
    edited 11/02/2013 - 3:30 PM
    Hi Ellen

    I am just wondering if your neck pain is from the way the OR staff placed your neck in a certain position on the OR table
    during the surgery?
    And now maybe you turn it the wrong way and now its sprained?

  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • backache99backache99 Posts: 1,314
    edited 11/04/2013 - 3:02 AM
    i would seek medical advice .i don't like the sound of what you have said and as i am not allowed to express a medical opinion
    all i can advise is GO TO SEE A MEDICAL PERSON ..ASAP
    17 years of pain and 3 operations and married to a medical person tells me that your not right
    good luck
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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