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Posted by Stewart on October 11, 2000 at 21:47:16:

In Reply to: for Stewart posted by Jill D on October 11, 2000 at 21:25:31:

Hi Jill.

I had the same thing happen. You see as you close in on your 1 week anniversary the drugs they injected into you are starting to ware off. This surgery is very tramatic and there is allot of swelling. Also, it is important to keep in mind that things are coming back to life. Your nerve has been compressed for so long that it had deadened the signals to the leg and foot. The nerve is normally round, when it is compressed it becomes "flattened", now it is trying "re-round" itself and that will cause discomfort, but look at it this way, it is coming back to life. Also keep in mind, depending upon the extent of the compression, you may always have sometype of tingling from time to time, possibly for life. As my Dr. said to me, "it has been a long road and it is going to take some time". Be patient it will get better. If you haven't taken Neurontin ask your Dr. about it. What it does is reconnect the neurotranmitters in the brain and takes allot of that away, the tingling, not your brain, ha ha ha. Well, if you have anymore questions let me know. I hope I have helped out. God Bless...Stewart.

: Hi Stewart - so you had a fusion 3 months ago? Can you please tell me about the first week or 2 of recovery - how much pain did you have? or did your back pain improve immediately? I have heard of many whose back improved immediately, and I am at day 6 post-op. First 4 days were not bad, but now yesterday and today I've got a new pain in the same place, and pain down my right leg, numbness in right heel. Weird, huh? I put a call in to my doc's nurse, but she had already left for the day, so they will call me back tomorrow. I guess I'm just not sure what to be expecting as normal during the healing process - can you give me any insight? Thanks and
: God bless your day!
: Jill

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