I had decompression fusion l4 l5 with hardware 6 weeks ago.
I just recently (like 3 or 4 days ago) started having terrrible pain i my hips, I can't hardly sit at all, and the calves of my legs are so very sore, like I ran 100 miles, I could understand this if it started right after I started walking at 2 weeks out.
I called Dr's office yesterday and they said if no redness or swelling, to give it some time to get better, and call later. I have also had some increased back pain, and burning in the tailbone area, the last 10 days from overdoing it about 10 days or so ago
Basically I am not doing too well.
Need advice please.
Last edited by cervey-Peg; 04-19-2005 at 04:35 PM.
would not hurt to use your walker awhile longer - I did in the house and stuff, especially if it will allow you to lessen your pain and keep walking.
yep - calf pain AND hip pain.
I'll never forget - actually I sorta had a flashback this afternoon while in Publix getting a few groceries.
when I was about 6weeks or so out from my fusion, I was sooooooooooooo tired of "resting & taking it easy" I thought, "I know, I'll just slip down to Publix" ...WHAT A HUGE MISTAKE. I did pretty good on the drive, albeit the store is a whole mile from my house - LOL
And once in the store I leaned on that buggy like there was no tomorrow. Thought hmmmmmmm, this is ok, I'm doing fine, just like using my walker at home right?
I made it all the way to isle #2 and thought I was gonna DIE.
MAJOR MISTAKE, Major hip & calf pain!!! TOOOOOOO much toooo soon!!
I limit my sitting to around 30 min. I am doing just like I was at 4 weeks, and I felt good then. I will try to take it real easy for a while and see if this terrible back pain, hip and leg pain goes away. Thanks much.
I have been on it about a year & a half. Only side effect I have is that it does tend to make you drowsy. I take a smaller dose in the morning and the larger at bedtime and I do pretty good. It helps my nerve pain tremendously. I started out on Topomax and that one wasn't for me. It will take you awhile to see any benefits so try & hang on a few weeks also any negative effects you may see initially tend to settle down by then also. A lot of people can't take it, a lot get great relief, it's just a question of seeing which one you are.
Hope it helps you and I'm glad your Dr is addressing your continued pain.
Thanks BW. It's good to hear you are taking it and it helps you. I am hoping for some good results..it's like "I need a break time" I'm sure like most of you, I have had pain for a long time, and was looking forward for my fusion and hoping for some relief, but I am slowly finding out it's not a quick fix, it takes time.
I still can't figure out why I was ok for 4 weeks, then all this nerve pain, but I guess the nerves do crazy things trying to heal.
How long do you look to be on neurontin?
I hope I am not on it long, as it is very expensive, as I don't have rx coverage.
But I guess I can figure something out if I have to.
Thanks for your post, you are always so helpful, and it is appreciated.