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Posted in: Alternative, Back pain, Surgery, and Sleep.

horrible pains mostly at night in bed

Started by ishiron on 02/03/2013 4:58pm

hello to everyone , my name is Ishi, my wife Elinor have gone through a discectomy Laminectomy , almost 3 years a go , the pressure on the nerves went off , still she has part of her leg numb. the issue is that she has horrible pains during sleep time, almost every night she screams in pain , get little sleep if at all.
we have gone to the best doctors , surge , and tried almost every alternative system of treatment , but nothing help , the doctors say the only thing might help her is doing FIXATION SURGERY , but form what we have read , most people would suggest not to do this unless you have a neural damage.
I have read a post form a girl name breadgirl , and a guy name Robert Miller , describing the same pains , but I did not see any response to them, can anyone help here ???
it would be real grate to read if anyone on the same situation can give some good advise

thanks

Ishi

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what does she do all day does she work or exercise lots of different things can cause pain

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hi Larry
no, she is not doing much, she is swimming 2 a week , and we have a company working form the house so she is doing the best she can on the computer and stuff, coocking some food for the kids and so
I am looking to get information form people on the same situation , and maybe they found the way or at least have some idea of why the pain is so strong at night (lying down) compare to the day tim
thanks

Ishi

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My wife and I both have this problem to some extent. This has motivated me to find a solution. The problem seems to come from muscles that have been guarding the damaged area not getting the message that you are not standing or sitting as you have all day. They keep on doing the same protective tension when there is no counter force from standing or sitting. The result is pressure on the nerves because the bones are twisted by this tension.
The solution is to have a 16 inch to 2 foot diameter ball by the bed. Put it on the bed under the heels laying on back. Rock ball from side to side until muscles begin to relax then make circles or figure 8s with the heels. This resets the muscles for laying down and may allow her to sleep for a longer period. repeat again each time pain wakes her up. with increasing time sleeping without pain the condition usually gets better.

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thanks , we would try it and report if any improvement
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hi
I have spondylolisthesis (grade 1), slight disc bulge, degeneration of the disc and lots of scar tissue, and my pain definitely gets worse at night i could cry most nights and only every get a few hours at a time!
the only way I get some sleep is by having 3 pillows under my knees and taking strong painkillers (tramadol)

I've been offered fusion surgery a couple of weeks ago and I'm struggling to decide(lots of mixed reviews)
I was told majority of my pain is coming from my scar tissue. as your wife has had previous surgery a have they said what is actually causing her pain???

have you tried a TENS machine? a couple of hours before bed my help her get settled

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Fallow up to Bagger's question. A tens unit can be very helpful if you can find the right points for the two electrodes to calm the muscles that are pressing the joint or scare tissue against the nerve.

Having the knees over the ball is even more effective than the pillows because it creates a traction on the displaced joint with the spondylolisthesis.
Hans Albert Quistorff, LMP
Antalgic Posture Pain Specialist

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