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New 2 level lumbar spinal fusion and laminectomy

jujudunjujudun Posts: 8
edited 08/01/2016 - 11:32 AM in New Member Introductions
I had 2 spinal surgeries. Spinal fusion lateral with instrumentation. And posterior fusion, plus laminectomy. L 3 4 and L 4 5.  Surgery performed on 2 different days, July 2 and July 3 2016.  I am 65 years old. I had spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis.  I had no choice but to have surgery as I was losing ability to walk, leg and foot were going so numb upon standing, walking. I had very little pain. So, surgery fixed the numbness. I am walking fine unassisted. My issues are low stamina, feel tired.  Also this is weird, but I have intense hot flashes since surgery! I hope my issues are short lived. Any input onto my next steps to move the process would be appreciated. I walk, I go places, I get tired. So I'm thinking I should rest more. But I also want to keep moving. Not sure what right balance between walking, activity and rest. I've been told I over do it. I don't take pain meds. Thanks for input, as I move ahead in my recovery. 


  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    edited 08/01/2016 - 6:47 PM
    Hi jujudun 
    I had a different surgery but also had hot flashes for a bit afterwards. They eventually stopped. 
  • My surgeon informed me that pain medicines and steroids had been administered directly to the surgical site before I was "closed up" .  I don't know if that's the case with your surgeries,  but if so,  it could be where the hot flashes are coming from.
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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  • here lies another victim of hot flashes! I thought it was the medication I was taking at first but after reading comments on here I am sure it is linked to steroids. Hope they fade soon for you.

    My surgeon told me to listen to my body when I asked about level of activity. The body needs rest to heal, so view rest as an essential part of healing and you will be heading in the right direction. Your tired body is hinting at you :-) . Good luck with your recovery


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  • How long did hot flashes last?  Any suggestions on how to end them or make them lessen
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