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Posted by diane
on June 20, 2000 at 22:58:10:
In Reply to: Re: Foot and calf pain following spinal fusion posted by Denise on June 18, 2000 at 14:27:55:
: I had a redo fusion of my L2-3 on May 15th and since then have been having nerve problems similar to yours. Both of my feet are swelling and I feel like I have low circulation in my right leg. I also get shooting pains down the back of my right leg that are quite unpleasant. My doctor said I either have an infection from the screws they put in, or a nerve got irritated during surgery and is just now making itself known. I do know that nerves only grow 1/16 on an inch per year, so there is a good chance of recovery for anyone with nerve problems. Do try to wait it out if they mention surgically fixing it.
I am 4 months post op from a lumbar fusion at 4/5 with screws/rods. I still have flare up days from time to time and my doc says that those are to be expected for up to 6 months as they have traumatized those nerve roots in surgery. It only happens about every 2-3 weeks and lasts a day or two. The time in between in really good. I didn't have swelling, however but the flare ups are pain in the thigh, down the calf and on the top of my foot, on the same side as the bone graft and where the disc herniation was most significant. Good luck!
diane in michigan
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