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Old 04-19-2005, 03:32 PM   #1
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Hello,

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.

Peggy

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Old 04-19-2005, 03:52 PM   #2
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Re: post surgery problems, need help

Hi Peg,

so sorry to hear your not doing well.

are you using a cane? I know when I ditched the walker and went without anything I had the same symptoms. Dr thought to much stress on things to soon so I began using one. It helped me.

I do hope there is nothing wrong other than your body telling you whoa...
please try not to worry, REST up and take it easy a few days and if no differnce in pain call the Dr again.

hope you feel better
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Old 04-19-2005, 03:55 PM   #3
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Re: post surgery problems, need help

Thanks for the encouragment BW, yes I am using a cane. I didn't think of that though, I wonder if if should start using my walker again.

Did you have the hip pain and sore calves like I do?

Peggy

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Old 04-19-2005, 05:00 PM   #4
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Re: post surgery problems, need help

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?

NOT!

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!!

please, take things slow and this will pass

hugs,
Bionic

 
Old 04-19-2005, 05:25 PM   #5
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Hi, are you by any chance sitting too much, I had hip pain from sitting up too long at a time , just take it slow and easy.Valley

 
Old 04-20-2005, 04:56 AM   #6
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Re: post surgery problems, need help

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.

Peggy

 
Old 04-21-2005, 03:22 PM   #7
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Hello everyone,

I finally called my Dr. about my pain, and he decided to put me on neurontin.
I hope it helps, I have heard some things about that medicine I don't like, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

hope all is well with everyone,

Peggy

 
Old 04-21-2005, 03:41 PM   #8
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Peg

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.
Bionic

 
Old 04-21-2005, 06:56 PM   #9
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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.

Hugs to you,
Peggy

 
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