Re: Pain after Microdisectomy? Any help appreciated!
There are a couple things that could be going on. One is the possibility that the disc has reherniated. Unfortunately, this can happen as the disc is vulnerable for about the first six months.
Hopefully though, you are just going through a fairly normal experience post surgery. When the surgeons are closing, it is common practice to flood the area with steroids and antibiotics to help the patient heal and avoid infection. It has the added benefit of minimizing the pain in the earliest stages.
However, it can have the effect of scaring the patient. They start to feel fairly good right after surgery. For the most part the pain they've been experiencing for weeks or months is gone. As the steroid wears off, the person becomes more aware of the pain...and it seems like it is returning. But usually, it has always been there. It was just being masked by the steroids.
Hopefully this is what you are feeling. If you feel the pain is getting worse you can call your surgeon, but usually they are reluctant to do anything this early in recovery. There is still enough swelling around the surgical area that MRIs aren't really very effective...so the doctor tells the patient this is all a normal part of healing and to give it time. You are probably better off waiting until your next appointment...but again, if pain is increasing go ahead and make that call.