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Pain

Hi all, I'm nine weeks post laminectomy, fusion, discectomy. Every step I take forward I seem to have a step backwards. It's either pain or the latest muscle spasms in back. When does it get better? 

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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    nanahelen12

    Be patient, it gets better.  Hopefully you have some muscle relaxer for those spasms.

    Are you still walking?

    Are your pre-surgery symptoms better?

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • Hi Bruce, I am walking. Pre surgery foot symptoms are better, not back yet.  Meds not helpful. MD not returning calls.
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    Helen

    Don't give up on the doctor.  I learned the hard way to be persistent - but not annoying, which is a fine line.

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • Thanks, the office called me today
  • twindhamttwindham Tennessee Posts: 28
    nanahelen12
    I did not have muscle spasms in my Back but prior to surgery I had muscle spasms on my Legs Daily -Drinking Gatorade helped because of extra amounts of potassium >>I told my husband to make sure I stocked up on Gatorade/Powerade for after surgery - because I could not imagine getting muscle spasms and having to jump up and try to walk/work leg spasms like normal and since I'm gonna move slowly I did Not want this!!
    So not sure if this is far fetch but if your able to have SUGAR in your diet - Try Powerade, Gatorade, Propel any drink with electrolytes try it and if you see it works stock up >> Doesn't hurt to try  :)
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  • Even if you can't have sugar, both Gatorade and PowerAde make low/no sugar versions!  Also, tonic water (quinine--you can also get diet versions of that) can help with cramping if you don't mind the taste. 

    Hang in there, NanaHelen!!  Recovery can come in fits and starts, and I can very much relate to your feelings of the rollercoaster that is recovery!!  Did you ever read that article in here about the rollercoaster?  If you haven't, you can do a search for it--it's pretty accurate! 
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Great ideas, thank you!
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