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Pain at night

Hi just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this?? I had a microdiscectomy L5S1 9 weeks ago, I'm doing fine in the day occasionally get pain in day but can handle it, but when it come to going to sleep I wake up after a couple of hours in agony I can't move.. The pain runs around hip, lower back and down legs but more to my right side, it takes me forever to get out of bed and can't walk properly for the first 1/2 hour I can't even get up the stairs but then as the morning goes on I'm absolutely fine again! Can anyone please tell me what it is??? The doctors keep telling me to take pain killers at night but they are not helping at all.


  • you are lucky that you are ok in the day .there was a time when i had a 4 hour window where i was able to do stuff but now its pain 24/7 sleeping when your in pain is awful pain always wakes me after2 hours so i know how you feel my advice is try a TENS unitand make the most of it before your pain gets any worse
    tony..in spain at the moment .
    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
  • I find with the really rough nights a combination of melatonin and tylenol PM 30 minutes before laying down greatly helps. Check with your doctors to be certain these OTC meds won't counteract with anything you are taking.
    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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  • How do you sleep?

    I naturally sleep on my right side. But for several weeks after surgery, it hurt to put any pressure on that side. Now, I can tolerate it for a little but, but I reposition frequently in my sleep otherwise my back tightens up.
    Compressed Discs/DDD - L2/L3, L3/L4
    Major Herniation - L4/L5
    Bulging Disc - L5/S1
    "no healthy 24 year old's back should look like this without a major trauma"
    MicroDisc L4/L5 Nov 7, 2013
  • Thank you for your comments, I've since been back to the doctors again and have been put on diazepam at night along with tramadol and naproxen.. It seems to be helping but still can't walk when I first get up, I feel like I'm taking steps back with having to take so much meds again. Just want to feel normal again
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