Re: 6 weeks Post Op Micro Discectomy - Help
Most surgeons do not want to order MRI this soon after surgery. It is common to still have inflammation which makes it difficult to see if something is amiss.
It is not all that unusual with any spine surgery to have one or more nerves that end up pretty irritated as a result of the surgery itself. Sometimes the surgeon has to work hard to free up a nerve, or it is irritated by some part of the surgical process. Since nerves are so very slow to heal, it can seem like it is taking way longer than it should.
Try to be patient. I would suggest that you take a number of small walks each day rather than one or two longer ones. It is very important to keep those spinal nerves stretched out. You are at the point where scar tissue is forming and filling in and you want to walk every so often so the scar tissue does not have an opportunity to attach itself to a nerve. Also, shorter walks will not tire you out, so there is less to recover from each time. Be sure to walk on an even, level surface, too.
Are you limiting the amount of time you are sitting to 15-20 minutes at a time? Sitting too long can result in more pain.