Re: Recovering from laminectomy and L4/L5 Microdiscectomy: Leg pain and drainage?
Please call your surgeon's office to discuss the drainage. The last thing you want or need is to end up with an infection. It is probably nothing, but just to be sure, check with your doctor. Also, take your temperature to determine whether you are running a fever, or not. That would be a sign of possible infection.
Regarding the pain, it is very normal to have some recurrence of symptoms, depressing though it is when it happens. You are bound to still have some swelling and inflammation internally. You probably had some numbing agent poured in around the surgical area as the surgeon was closing. As this wears off, it is normal to have an increase in pain, but as the swelling goes down, the pain should gradually go away. Remember, the nerves have been irritated and it can take awhile for them to return to "normal."
Be sure to walk several times each day. This helps with the prevention of scar tissue adhering to the nerves and also helps to get freshly oxygenated blood to the surgical site, which doesn't have lots of blood vessels running through it.
It is better to walk shorter distances several times per day than taking one long walk. At the beginning distance isn't all that important.
Just try to be patient and follow your doctor's instructions for after-care...and I think you'll see the pain will eventually fade away. Good luck in recovery!