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Your father is fresh out of surgery and when they did the surgery they moved around alot of his nerves and removed bone from his back bones. He is going to be extremely sore that is normal. Then they went back in a second time and did it again. He is probably miserable. One surgery is painful enough but he went thru two!!

My biggest advice is that he take his medicine around the clock as directed by his doctor. If it means setting an alarm clock at night, do it. He needs to keep ahead of the pain or the pain will not be controlled.

If this does not keep the pain under control, make sure his doctor knows so that he can prescribe something stronger or different.

Also, use ice to reduce the inflammation.

If he is having alot of pain down his legs, see if his doctor will perscribe neurotin, topomax, cymbalta, or lyrica for nerve pain relief.

Lastly, start walking slowly. Better to take several small walks each day then one long walk. Have him walk maybe 75 ft 2 times a day. If he can handle that, then the next day have him walk 100 ft for 3 to 4 days then increase to 150 ft for 3 to 4 days then increase again.

Make sure that he is laying around alot. He has been thru major surgery and needs to rest and sleep as much as possible to let his body heal properly.

He should not be sitting up for more than 10 minutes at a time. Sitting puts alot of pressure on the spinal column.

Make sure that he is not bending. If he drops something on the floor tell him to leave it there and let your family or you pick it up for him. Also, he will need help with putting on socks and shoes. He can not do this without bending. If he tries, he will only prolong his recovery time.

Also make sure that he is getting out of bed, use the "log roll" technique to reduce straining and twisting his back.

Log Roll Steps:

1. First, log roll to one side of the bed and bend your knees. He should be on his side.
2. Second, use your lower arm to push yourself off the bed from a side-lying position to a raised position.
3. Third, lower feet to the floor.

If you go out to the Back Problems Message Board Main Thread Page, look at the top of the page and you will see the 5th thread entitled "Post Surgical Tips". You might want to read thru that for some tips to help your Dad out.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask and we will try to help you out -- just remember that we are regular patients just like you and your father; however, many of us have had alot of experience living with chronic back pain so we can more than likely help you out. Good luck.
Hi!

Thank you so much for all the tips!

It's been a week since my father started walking and he's feeling a little bit better, in the first surgery he started taking neurontin and since the second, is taking Lyrica. He will enter to rehab next week.

He's mainly suffering from back and waist problems with some ocasional pain in his legs (they are not constant) the doctors say that he should be walking or resting nothing more, but the problem is that when he's lying in his bed he cant' find one position that makes him comfortable (so we have to move him constantly) is it good to move him??

Also you've told me that despite all the surgery you guys still have some pain??

Thanks for helping me out and Good luck to all of you too!!