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Heating Pad OK ??? 5 Weeks after L4L5 tlif

tbcuccittbcucci Posts: 1
edited 10/31/2015 - 7:24 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Does the heating pad have a negative affect on the fusion?? Left leg nerve pain from my back to my toes. I am still taking pain killers. I try to be active by walking 1/2 mile and or just staying busy mostly going to the grocery store , errands or shopping with family members as they will come get me. I use a heating pad and it gives relief before sleeping at night and when I wake up.

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  • Heating pad is a good tool. It helps the muscles to relax and will help to ease the pain. It won't hurt your fusion in any way. After both my fusions I was using heat packs while I was still in the hospital. It's now been 3 years since my last fusion and I still use heat packs and a heating pad on a daily basis to help with muscle spasms and pain.

    Good luck with your recovery :)
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  • lorijo3llorijo3 Posts: 113
    edited 11/04/2015 - 3:29 AM
    For some reason I have found that alternating heat and ice works best for me. Not sure why! I recently suffered a small jolt to my body that set off horrible muscle spasms in my neck. I used only heat the first two days and it did little for the pain. So I started alternating heat and cold and the pain went was gone the next day. And I had been in agony with pain. As always clear it with your doctor first!!
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