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Old 04-30-2005, 04:08 PM   #1
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question about Neurontin after surgery

I have been posting about my son's 2 level fusion for spondylolisthesis. Let me recap a bit so you will understand my question. A few days after the April 14th surgery his right leg began bothering him (he went in for his left leg which is now fine). It started as numbness from the knee to the ankle. Then pain occurred in his thigh. His toes were VERY sensitive to the touch and his leg burned. He'd yell when someone bumped his right toes. Okay, he tells all of this to his neurosurgeon who recommended that they go in right away and see what was wrong. He knew by my son's description that things weren't right. Screws were adjusted in this follow up surgery.

The second surgery itself which occurred on April 25 appears to have gone just fine. He no longer has the thigh pain, but his toes are still sensitive and his leg is weak, however, he can stand okay on it. He doesn't complain about a lot of pain, but he is a tough guy.

All the physicians said that it should improve in time since everything is now inflamed.

Now my question.This time around they prescribed the Oxycodone and Colace (like last time), but this time they also added Neurontin. I understand what Neurontin is for. My question is, do you think they gave him Neurontin to just get him over this recovery period?

Has anyone out there been prescribed Neurontin after surgery and then had it discontinued as time went on?

My son's neurosurgeon and the entire office has always been extremely responsive and they listen to everything my son says. He is never rushed and it is an extremely busy practice. Before the surgery they gave us hours just to talk to them so that our questions were all answered.



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Old 04-30-2005, 06:27 PM   #2
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Re: question about Neurontin after surgery

I did use Neurontin for about a year after my second surgery which was to remove scar tissue. I still experienced a lot of leg pain due to the nerve being all screwed up. I was on a low dose of 800mg/day. I just recently completed the weaning off Neurontin. So far so good.

 
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