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Old 03-15-2005, 02:44 AM   #1
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almost 3 weeks post op and questions

I'm curious - after my hemilaminectomy and facetectomy - it'll be three weeks this Thursday, is it normal that my big toe and foot and ankle would still be completely numb? I understand the numbness could last for months as nerve heals, is that correct?

Also, I have lots of muscle pain in the same leg. I am down to vicodin and robaxin about 4 times per day so i see improvement. I haven't had my first post op visit yet. I'm walking. Driving, if I'm not careful and pace myself, can bother my back into spasms. I have learned to pace myself and not overdo it.

I'm worried I won't be ready to go back to work at 4 weeks. Is it unreasonable to ask the dr to let me have 2 more weeks? I get up almost nightly due to leg pain (notice the time) and use ice and take meds and stay up for 45 minutes or so until I have it under control enough to lie back down.

Every day seems different now so I do believe I'm improving - I guess I was just hoping for faster recovery. I know, slow down and take my time, right? I have learned that - psychologically it's difficult. Thanks for input. Becky

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Old 03-15-2005, 02:59 AM   #2
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Re: almost 3 weeks post op and questions

Hi Becky,

I have some numbness from my hip to toe the entire length of my left side - and this is from extended nerve compression before my lami in 2001!

So, yours may very well be temporary - but, it also could be long lasting

luckily maybe you'll get by with only the area you mentioned.

I admire you trying to return to work - I was no where near ready @ 4 weeks. I certainly don't think it's unreasonable to extend your recovery time, all of us are different and you must listen to your body it will let you know.

Are you on anything for the spasms?

your right, the mental part is the hardest!

Good Luck
and take it easy - let things heal properly and think positive


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Old 03-15-2005, 08:38 AM   #3
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