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Back spasms

Hi I have recently increased my walking to 1 mile , past 3 days. And last night and now I am having severe spasms on the left side of my mid back. I had a fusion at L4 L 5 on 6/10. Any thoughts , has this happened to anyone else? Thanks Helen


  • YES!!

    I've actually been experiencing an increase in those spasms since I started physical therapy, too.  My surgeon told me to take 2 5mg Valium tablets when it's bad, but I try to hold off on doing that until right before I go to bed.  Are you on any kind of muscle relaxers?

    Good for you for being so committed to your exercise--even if it is making things act up a bit.  I was just saying that even though my pain levels have shot up since I started therapy, at least I know it's pain with a purpose, and not the same type I was having with all the scar tissue problems (Phew!!)! 
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Thanks Kimmy for your reply
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971


    I'm 18 months post-op from L5-S1 fusion and I still sometimes get painful knots in my back muscles when I walk.  As per my doctor when he cuts you back muscles to access your spine in a PLIF he said some percentage of the muscle tissue never really heals like new... so it can be prone to such knots or spasms.  I used to get them a lot worse and more frequently when walking prior to one year post-op... but now not so much.  Oddly enough like you it was/is most frequently on my left side... and about mid level in my back... despite my pre-surgery sciatica being on my right butt area and down my right leg. Go figure...

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • Thanks Harry! 
  • ShivayaSShivaya Quebec, CanadaPosts: 36
    I know this is a bit old but I am now 16 days post laminectomy/discectomy at l4/l5 and I am having severe back spasms and have been for about 5 days now. I am on day 2 of cyclobenzaprine and can barely walk until i take anti-inflammatories in the morning.  Obviously I am very concerned about having reherniated. Seeing the n/s again on wednesday - we will see what he has to say.
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  • AMWoodyAMWoody SurreyPosts: 107
    I am 4 months post discectomy L4/5 and physio and exercise seems to aggravate me. So much so that I have stopped for a while. I felt weak after it and had two major pains that felt disc related. One was while loading the dishwasher and one just bending over. It is a rollercoaster but this forum has made me realise that we may need to push through the pain of physio slightly if we are to get better x
  • smartens162smartens162 Manitoba, CanadaPosts: 449
    I agree AMWoody, some 'discomfort' is necessary to move ahead.  I think we get so fearful of pain having gone what we've gone through, that we forget that old saying 'no pain, no gain'.  Of course, this is a delicate balance post-surgery.  But I think we have to trust the professionals a little more than we do, when they are working with us to get through to the other side of recovery.
  • AMWoodyAMWoody SurreyPosts: 107
    It has been one of the hardest years of my life and has caused my body great trauma. Our Spine is our core and that is why I believe we feel so low when it does not work properly..
  • ShivayaSShivaya Quebec, CanadaPosts: 36
    I'll keep you guys in the loop as to what thr n/s says tomorrow. I hope you guys are right.
  • ShivayaSShivaya Quebec, CanadaPosts: 36
    He brushed me off. He had the nurse take my staples out and had a very "whatever" attitude about my back pain. He said it would go away wheb I start my exercises and as long as I don't have leg lain we have nothing to worry about. I then told him I have leg pain and he said that would also go away. That's the cost of free healthcare. You get what you get...
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