I don't know what the fluid retention is from. I had the cervical spinal fusion in 2012 and ever since then my left leg has had major fluid retention. I've had numerous ultrasounds to check for blood clots (another just Sunday night at the ER because it hurts too). Dr says just watch your salt intake and wear compression socks but none of this is helping. Is it related to spinal fusion? What else could it be? I'm only 36 so it's driving me nuts!
I have had a similar experience too. In my case it turned out to be fentanyl that was causing refractory edema in one leg (pain doctor had no idea why that should be). When I quit the Fentanyl my left leg lost about 5 litres of water in just a few days. Once the edema was gone my legs became less painfull (skinny little things they were after not walking for three years). The one that was swollen for three years looks pretty ugly; the skin is all discoloured.
Lennongurl; It does sound like this is possible depending what they were doing but yes on the pain and fluid could cause the water retention think you should look into this from the doctor that did the surgery. Won't hurt to ask but what I was seeing is yes it could be possible best to check with the doctor or get another oppiniun it would not hurt to ask. They hint about it but won't give a streigth. Have a good day. Chuck1957
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