Re: Pain after Microdisectomy? Any help appreciated!
From what I remember my nerve pain after surgery was 100% gone after 2 days.
My back was always sore though, I think that was one of two things. 1. my back was weak bc for some reason my surgeon thought I was healthy and young enough to not need PT (he just advised home exercies). 2. The nerve pain was gone so my brain had something else to focus on.
In your case it may just be swelling. I highly doubt there is anything wrong with your disc. Unless you lifted something really heavy or twisted right after surgery I think you are fine.
My biggest problem with my whole situation is anxiety and depression. I have always been a high strung person since I was a kid and this whole back/nerve pain thing has really got me down at times. I try to look on the bright side though and think how much worse it could be.
You should have a few fu appts after your surgery. I would just ask the doc what he thinks. He may just give you oral steroids. Are you taking advil?
Also, I have a question for you? Did you have have an epidural steroid injection? And did it help? I am contemplating having one. Thanks[/QUOTE]
Striker, sorry for my late reply, I had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with the flu last week.
I am doing physical therapy now, I think I have a week or two left until it is just home exercises.
I have my second follow up appt on the 29th, so I will see what their opinion is. I was given prescription strength ibprofin (600 mg) to take 3 times a day. I will start taking that tomorrow, didn't want to start that until the flu was gone. I talked to doctor's PA on the phone last week, and she believes it is swelling as well and that the ibprofin should stop that if not I may nee to try a steroid.
Regarding epidural injections, I had two. The first one 2 months after my injury and it seemed to help. I had another injection 6 weeks later and it did nothing at all. So I decided after the 2nd injection didn't work not to bother and start looking at surgery options. Looking back at it though, ruptured disc material was hitting my sciatic nerve, the injection itself was not going to change that, so it was almost set up to fail. If it has just been swelling, then I think injection would have had a much better chance at working.