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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Lawrence, Kansas/ Overland Park, KS

    Post Op Mid-Night Crazy Itching?

    I had my surgery June 30 and am now about 5 1/2 weeks post-op from my kyphoscoliosis surgery. I have been feeling substantially better and am off all of my pain meds except tylenol during the day. The thing is, I have been falling asleep OK as long as my legs aren't going crazy (restless legs syndrome, which I had before, but is a little worse now) but I haven been waking up a couple of hours after I fall asleep with insane ITCHING! It's mostly my back but even my arms and chest and head itch when it's really bad. I usually cannot fall back to sleep when this is happening. After a few nights of almost no sleep I have been taking benadryl before I go to bed and that usually takes care of it. Bad thing is that i wake up sleepy and groggy in the morning.

    Did anyone else experience this post op? I really don't itch that much during the day it's just in the middle of the night. Is it just my nerve endings healing? If so, how long does this last!? I just think it's odd that it's only during the night that it's really bad. HELP! LOL.
    22 yr old F,KU college student
    Scoliosis (25T, 23L) diagnosed @ 14 yrs old; curves June 08 were 45T, 32L with 18 degree rotation
    Kyphosis of 65 degrees...
    I am missing a lumbar vertebrae

    Surgery 6/30/2008 with Dr. Lawrence Lenke
    Fused T2-L2

    before/after pics
    all smiles!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Big Bear, CA
    My crazy itching lasted until about 4 months post op. I do think it is the nerves healing. I found if I used the liquid soap spongey thing on my back it seemed to stimulate it more, but I also found that it seemed to make the "healing" happen faster. Maybe it was just me, but that is my perception. I didn't rub hard, just enough the nerves seemed stimulated. I will say the itching was terrible at times and you may try to scratch yourself raw, so be aware of that before you try and stimulate the nerves. Good luck! It does pass with time.
    47 years old, dx at 13
    +30* to the right, +60* to the left, +30* to the right
    Surgery 12-13-07 - fusion from T4 to sacrum. Pre surgery Post surgery Xray from the side Xray from the back

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    I haven't had the itching yet, but whenever I do itch from other things, I put ice on the spot that itches. This numbs the nerves and works almost instantly. I hope it stops for you soon.

    Chemist, 30

    1998- 18 degrees
    2003- 33 degrees
    2005- 37 degrees
    2006- 44 degrees
    May 2007- 47 degrees
    December 2007 - 50 degrees X-ray

    Surgery May 27, 2008
    Fused T1 to L2
    Curve corrected to 15 degrees X-ray

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Man oh man did I ever ITCH! Holy moly it was horrible, and I spent many restless nights with it, dh rubbing anti itch creams and/or lotions on me. Praying it woulds top, THEN the doctor said it was all due to the combos of medicines and how i was taking them. VOILA! I swear once I stopped one of the meds (the pain patch) and tweaked the schedule I have NOT itched a second since THAT night. It was amazing, and oh itching when you cannot really feel THAT SUCKS! makes your skin feel like its on fire and that is worse than the itchiness!

    Good luck!
    My One Crooked Momma blog
    Fused T1-L1 May 21st 2008
    From 51* to STRAIGHT! Thanks Dr. Shelokov @ Baylor

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    bucks county PA
    You might want to try benedryl for the itching.
    2 60* curves, DDD, left trunk shift, some rotation, rib and lumbar humps, annular tear at L5-S1
    surgery 5/08 planning fusion T3 or T4 to sacrum with iliac fixation
    Dr. Anderson at Rothman Institute
    5/16/08 ALIF L1-L5
    5/23/08 fused T2-sacrum w/fixation and I'm all Titanium
    6/4/08 open all back up to clean out for Staph infection
    (left open with just clear dressing)
    6/6/08 recleaned and closed
    3/30/2012 revision planned, broken rod and removal of iliac bolts

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Houston TX

    All over itching


    You said that you are only taking the tylenol, but are you taking any other drugs? I only ask because the itching seems systemic and not localized to you incision site. Itching from narcotics is quite common. Other drugs can also have the same side effect. Check with your doctor to see what they suggest.

    Consider if you have introduced anything new into your diet. . .


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