View Full Version : A little more than one month post op

03-12-2007, 10:57 AM
Is it normal for arms and legs to be in pain ?Since I come home my skins hurts and touching my legs and arms sometimes hurts? Also any way of relieving the hip pain?


03-12-2007, 12:09 PM
Hi Sue,
I am 3 months post op and my skin is sore too on my legs (the top part). I think this is normal. I have hip pain from where they took the bone graft and the best remedy for that for me at this stage is a hot shower and moderate activity (mainly walking). I think all this goes away with time. It's hard to be patient isn't it? I try to get my mind on other things and that helps a bunch. Good luck in your recovery!

03-12-2007, 07:20 PM
The skin around your arms and legs are definitely hyper after post-operation. At my physical therapy office, they did these simple tests with a wheel on the skin of my arms and legs to test the sensitivity. In due time, the hypersensitivity in your arms and legs will go away...

But the areas around your incision on your back will take longer because of the rate that it takes for nerves to grow back.

As for the hip pain, bone graft was taken from my right hip... It was quite difficult to sleep on my right and let anything touch that area. Being only 3 months post-opeartion, the sensitivity in that area seemed to have gone away. Because of the bone graft being removed from my hip, it affected the way I walked and pedal on the bicycle. (There was an outward rotation in my right leg.) I noticed the more that my "outward rotation" was corrected at physical therapy, the less pain I was experiencing in the hip because it was healing as well.

03-12-2007, 10:21 PM

Try an ice bag or a cold pack. They worked pretty good for me.

03-13-2007, 05:47 AM
Bsprings - who did your surgery in the Atlanta area? My daughter went to Dr. Morrissey and I go to Dr James both in Atlanta.

03-13-2007, 10:05 AM
I remember the bottoms of my feet hurting a few weeks post-op.... That's mostly gone now, but once in a while i still get a tingle there... when the nerves to our extremities are 'man-handled' they protest for a while.... but eventually settle back down.

03-13-2007, 10:12 AM
I think sensitive skin is very normal. I am 6 months post-op and the skin on my right leg is still very sensitive. God forbid one of my kids taps me on the leg! It makes me want to cry! Personally, I have not found anything to help with the feeling, I think time is the only medicine. The good thing is that every week you will feel better and the symptoms more bearable. Good Luck!

03-13-2007, 10:42 AM
Hi Rainbow,
I actually went to Dr. Boachie in New York. Long story but I had a very severe curve plus kyhosis and had scheduled surgery at Emory-but after seeing the CT scan the doctor said he would be afraid to correct me-he was just going to fuse me as I was (very crooked!) because otherwise he was afraid he would paralyze me. He gave me Boachie's name as a second opinion and I'm glad he did!

03-14-2007, 09:20 AM
I am so relieved to read this thread. I experienced a burning, tingling pain on my left leg after surgery. It was on the surface, only affecting the skin. I couldn't stand for anything to come in contact with that leg. It was uncomfortable to wear pants even. It lasted about a month and then went away alltogether. Just one of those things no one really prepares you for.

03-14-2007, 10:30 AM
I had surgery 2 months ago and am dealing with the same issues of skin hypersensitivity. My left breast is the worst. The skin on my back experiences all sorts of odd sensations, and my feet and right leg are also sensitive to the touch.

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one out there with this. I just hope it eventually goes away, especially the pain in my breast.