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Leg pain - when does it ease up

I'm 7 weeks out of ALIF L5-S1 fusion surgery. Everything is healing beautifully and I'm off meds, but I'm still experiencing severe aching and cramping in my quads and upper legs. Every thing I can find online only talks about lower leg pain. Anyone experienced this and if yes, when does relief begin? I had this exact same issue during pregnancies so I'm hoping it WILL resolve when nerves calm down... 


  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971
    edited 08/29/2016 - 4:41 AM


    Where you get nerve pain and cramping somewhat depends on which nerve roots were irritated and inflamed.  Typically with the L5-S1 level you get sciatic nerve pain... but it's not a firm rule.  I had nerve pain down almost the full length of my right leg after my second fusion surgery... especially in my quads.  It really sucks... but nerve healing is a really SLOW process.  Hang-in there it will eventually subside...   Are you walking outside every day?

    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
  • twindhamttwindham Tennessee Posts: 28
    Wow your post is encouraging ...I am 4 weeks out of Lumbar Spinal Fusion
    L5 S1  and to hear that you are healing Beautifully and off Meds Wow!! 
    I have nerve pain on my left leg it was the whole left leg but now just left shin and top and bottom of my foot - I'm still on Meds the pain is excruciating but I am Hopeful and taking it slowly doing some exercises-- Thankfully there is no rush to go to work so that's why I'm able to take it slow. 
    Thanks for Sharing and I hope you have relief soon with Nerve Pain!!
    I tend to use Gabapentin and Pain Med hopefully not much longer and rub Aloe Vera Gel or Spray Solarcaine - The Lidocaine seems to help. I do read that Capsaicin ieven though it will also Burn its suppose to help but have not tried it yet .... Maybe I will get Brave - it's just a tough thought  when my foot already burns like Heck!!
    Heal up!! :)
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  • 7 months post op 360 2 level fusion, my doc says i have peripheral neuropathy (leg pain).  Been taking neurontin, not sure it really helps.  My surgeon says despite 7 months post op,  the legs pain should resolve itself, but I am starting to wonder.  
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