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A 59-year-old female asked:

5 days post lumbar laminectomy l4 l5. having a lot of serious cramping/spasms in buttock and down back of thighs. can barely bend forward to turn on a water faucet at kitchen sink. the spasms are happening while i am walking also. is this normal?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 59 years experience
The only one who can really answer this is the team who did the surgery. They know what is normal after their kind of surgery in people like you. It would be normal to be having some pain.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Many patients following back surgery feel profound relief and improvement, but spasms and increasing symptoms are NOT normal or to be expected. Do not let this go, contact your doctors, and get this evaluated. Many potential issues such as infections, new disc problems, facet impingement, local bleeding, etc. Get assertive and demand an explanation and testing if appropriate.
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Last updated Apr 16, 2021


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