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Pain after surgery

I am 2 weeks post op from L5S1 fusion...prior to surgery, I had horrible left leg pain. Since surgery, that is gone completely, now I have right leg pain, entire leg, front and back.....feels like a tourniquet is around top of my leg and leg just full of pressure (best way I can describe it). It's worse when pain meds and muscle relaxer isn't as active in my system (doses wearing off). In the morning, pain always at it's worse....with me getting meds in and waiting for relief before I can do anything. 2 more wks until first post op appointment. Not sure if I should call office tomorrow or if this is normal???? Help :)


  • Yes, you should call your surgeon's office. The surgeon normally has a PA or a nurse you can talk to. Also, is there any way you can move up your dosage of pain meds so they don't wear off and you're in pain?
    Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
    Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745


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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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  • Definitely call the office tomorrow. I know for me my neuro wants to know of any new pain that I have. Sometimes she does order an MRI or CT and sometimes no. So yes your neuro needs to know so that they can make te decision for an urgent appointment or whether they don't,
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