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Old 12-25-2012, 11:12 PM   #1
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L5-s1 microdiscectomy

I had a L5-S1 microdiscectomy about three weeks ago. Half of my foot and my calf on the my rt side are still numb. Today my rt foot is starting to swell. The nerve pain is awful and is worse now than before the surgery. The dr. Said that the numbness is normal. Apparently the herniation was worse than expected and i had a dural tear as well. The piece they took out was calcified and very difficult to remove. When will this pain subside? I return back to work in a few weeks, i'm hoping all this will disappear. In my line of work i do a lot of bending, leaning over hospital beds, and in and out of a car. It is too painful to drive at the moment.

 
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Re: L5-s1 microdiscectomy

Unfortunately this type of nerve pain can last a long time, particularly if the nerve had to be manipulated during surgery. Nerves are very sensitive and do not like to be handled. Due to your calcification, it sounds like the doctor had to do some tugging to free the nerve.

The dural tear would cause a headache but shouldn't affect the amount of nerve pain you have.

It is fairly common to have some swelling of the foot or ankle post surgery. There is always a small chance it could be caused by a blot clot, but usually it is just a side effect of the hospitalization, etc. that will go away with time.

Did the surgeon prescribe a drug for nerve pain like neurontin or lyrica?

 
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