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Muscle Weakness After Surgery
Muscle weakness is either a subjective or objective symptom based on history or formalized testing. As a result, any complaint of weakness needs to be correlated with testing that can bring out that weakness, which sometimes involves putting that muscle in an isolated and 'disadvantaged' scenario to assess adequately. Such weakness can have multiple etiologies from ...Read more
I'm 17 months post op two level lumbar fusion surgery and still having muscle tightening, muscle fatigue, and muscle spasms...Is this common?
It can be: If you had a posterior approach for your surgery, the muscles can be damaged from the exposure and can result in chronic deconditioning and muscular pain. You may benefit from a walking program and physical therapy to strengthen your core and lumbar muscles. Finally, it is important to confirm that you are indeed fused. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Some is expected...: How long has it been since your procedure? Pain and stiffness are expected to a certain degree in the recovery phases of acl reconstruction. If you had recent surgery i would suggest you continue rice, post-op exercises, and pt as directed. However, if this pain seems to be indicative of infection or DVT (due to time frame of surgery or any other symptoms) then contact your surgeon asap. ...Read more
Weeks to months: The body can take weeks to months to regain strength after a muscle infection. ...Read more
Facial nerves were cut during jaw surgery 3 months ago. Nerves reconstruction surgery yesterday. Chances of recovery high or low?
Depends: depends upon what you mean by "recovery" and which nerves you are talking about. Sensory nerves are different at times during reconstruction in a delayed fashion. If you are talking about "the facial nerve" or facial nerve branches, immediate reconstruction is usually the timely thing to take on. I'm sure your surgeon detailed all of this with you preoperatively. goodluck healing--long process ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How rare is anterior tibialis muscle herniation? And how long after surgery to repair should I experience pain?
Rare: Anterior tibialis muscle rupture is rare. The surgery to repair this will depend on how much separation there is between the two ends of the muscle. The larger the separation the more work and exposure will be required. I would expect this to cause you pain for 3 weeks with several months of sore recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is this a recurrence: Are these new symptoms or a recurrence from symptoms you had prior to surgery? Although we always hope for the most long lasting and optimal results following back surgery the reality is spinal canal stenosis is a chronic and progressive disease. Repeat surgeries are risky so be wary especially if the 1st surgery didn't "hold" after such a short period of time. ...Read more
Stress /remodeling: Exercise stresses muscles bones & joints, though it's usually an example of "good" stress. When we push ourselves more than the muscle is ready for, we cause microscopic tears in the muscle and micro-fractures in bones that the body then has to "fix". This is natural & makes muscles/bones stronger, but also sore. Warm up well, drink lots of water, and don't push too far or you risk a big tear. ...Read more
Possible: It is possible for nerves to grow and for cut ends of a nerve to 'find each other.' but, this is a slow process. The pain should abate with time after a surgical incision and the work done inside. Sometimes scar tissue or 'adhesions' may develop which can also be a cause of pain and discomfort. I am sorry you are having pain issues after your surgery. ...Read more
3 months after knee plica removal untreated swelling and limited rest post op symptoms are pain, discomfort, muscle loss, creptus, possible Arthritis?
Temporary edema: During a workout the load on your muscles exceeds what they've been used to managing. This leads to microscopic tears in muscle fibers, which then need repairs. Prostaglandins, which are hormone-like chemicals produced by the body in response to these tears, cause an inflammatory response which results in the disposal of debris and building up of stronger muscle fibers--leading to muscle swelling. ...Read more
Surgery to reconstruct pec major after tendon tear 5 CM 6 wks post op tingling and numbness in hand pain in pec shoulder arm forearm elbow point ?
Nerve irritation: Postoperative parasthesias( numbness, tingling, etc.) are not uncommon after your type of surgery. Nerves that provide sensation/ pain temperature and help to move muscles in your forearm and hand are fairly close by. Once the swelling from the surgery subsides these symptoms should diminish... If they don't consult w/ your orthopedic surgeon. Good Luck! ...Read more
Chronic Fatigue, Muscle Weakness, Diarrhea, and Brain Fog years after Gallbladder surgery. Any ideas?
Let's talk diarrhea: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, after cholecystectomy), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
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