For the past couple of days, my left hip has been bothering me when I get up in the morning. It's not that it really hurts, it's more like the muscles are contracted and don't want to stretch out. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Maybe it's just from sleeping funny. Also, this morning my first "official" post-op zinger arrived. It was only when I was walking though, and went away after I took a pain pill. I'm not sure what that was about- anybody have any suggestions? I'm not complaining too loudly- I know this is nothing compared to what some of you have gone through post-fusion. I feel very fortunate having such low levels of pain only 11 days post-op!
If they are as mild as you mentioned, you're doing well. Be glad! Unfortunately there's nothing that can be done for them, other than the pain meds IF they help. They will go away eventually, but it takes months most of the time.
I feel your pain...sorry you're having to deal with those darn things. At 5 mo. I still get them every now and again but because they don't come as often...when I do get them, I usually "yelp" and everyone around me thinks something terrible has just happened. (kind of embarassing sometimes) .
Any way, I hope they don't last that long for you. Have a good day.
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Thanks everybody! Mel, count yourself lucky not to know what a zinger is! You'll be going around doing your normal things and suddenly pain will zing down your leg and you will probably either yelp or scream because it surprises you and it hurts! It's just the nerve waking up after being compressed for so long, but they're still no fun!
the doctors don't do anything for them except try every nerve med (intended for seizures) out there. Nothing seems to help them much for many people. Just have to wait it out ...they eventually calm down.
i know all to well what zingers are. i started getting them at about 1 month post-op (now at 5 months post-op). i get them everyday, some can be extremly painful but most are just uncomfortable. a word of caution to all who get them, i had the painful ones for two straight days about two weeks ago in my foot. they came on every 1-10 minutes, two of the worst nights of trying to sleep that i ever had. its hard to explain them to anyone who has not had them. when they hit i grit my teeth and let out a loud grunt almost involentary (sp?) . when people see and hear this they always think something happened to my back. anyway if it is the nerves waking up i wonder how long it will take ..........
I always felt zingers were best described as looking like you were a tourette's patient. They attack, and you yelp out, (and in my case with some not so nice church words), and there's no predicting them.
I have never been electrocuted, but I can only imagine that it must feel somewhat similar.
well, guess I am glad that I haven't had those yet. I think I get "drunk zingers" They are the kind that are throbbing slow nerve pains in my hip. I don't get them often anymore, started about two weeks post op and now maybe here and there. They hurt for a few mins then taper off and go away. Not the fast electrocute kind though.
Hope all of your go away soon!