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My Foot Hurts

HobieHHobie Posts: 1
edited 06/03/2015 - 10:45 PM in Chronic Pain
I have recently had L4 & L5 replaced but one of my feet are in terrible pain. They keep telling me that it is a cause from the surgery and that it will get better. It has been 5 weeks and the constant pain is still there. Should I go see a foot dr? My gp will not see me because I have recently had surgery and my back dr says it will go away.


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    edited 06/03/2015 - 10:44 PM
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    edited 06/04/2015 - 12:18 PM
    I do not know, but 5 weeks out from surgery doesn't seem too terribly long.

    As you said, your gp will not interfere with your surgeons orders since you are post op and still under surgeons care.

    If you would go to yet another doctor, foot doctor, odds are he too would not want to treat you, as your foot pain is probably related to your spine, as stated by your surgeon.

    Do you have any reason to doubt the care of your surgeon?
    Is there any activity you are doing that worsens the foot pain?

    I would continue to tell surgeon all your symptoms and ask for clarification on when to expect pain to go away.
    I would also ask, if pain doesn't go away, then what? Would you ever be candidate for pain management?
    But that is only planning for the " what ifs" . Even to see pain management doc, usually would be needing referral.
    And your surgeon seems to be content that not enough time has passed to warrant further action.

    It's frustrating. Keep good communication with your surgeon and ask questions so you fully understand his answers.
    Hang in there!
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