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Laura1507LLaura1507 Posts: 3
edited 03/21/2015 - 9:23 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi i am new on here i had a spinal fusion just over two weeks ago at 2 levels. The last 3 nights i have woken by a jerk of my back its like my body is startled this only happens when I am lying flat on my back with a pillow under my knees as my back is not comfortable lying flat. Should I be worried? I have pain when i get up from a chair and i am starting to become more mobile how mobile should i be?


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  • Hi Laura,

    I had a cervical fusion just over 2 weeks ago at 2 levels. I was told by my surgeon that its normal as the nerves need to get used to having extra space now. I also have muscle spams at times, and the pain is unbelievable. Have you tried sleeping on your side with a pillow between legs? It works for me. How is your recovery and pain management going? I'm waiting for another fusion with bone graft in lumbar..
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  • Nerves healing along with trauma and muscles healing can make for all sorts of odd reactions. At this point in healing, I would definitely share everything with your doctors too though. If they prevent you from sleep or moving, they may be able to adjust the medications you take to treat the symptoms. For me, I had tingling, crazy amounts of itching, sharp pins, and deep tissue spasms which kept me awake. The first month was the oddest with symptoms and as everything healed, become much easier. When they say it takes a year to fully recover, they mean it, especially nerves. Try to stay on top of your pain so that you can keep moving and walking. When you start PT, they help a lot with symptoms and nerve recovery too. Happy healing!
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