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Old 04-28-2008, 09:27 PM   #1
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Has anyone had sciatica after hysterectomy suddenly?

I had a microdiscectomy 3 years ago and have been doing great. Well 4 weeks ago I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy. Just a week ago my sciatic nerve is really giving me problems. I can't sit down for any length of time etc. the general sciatic pain problems. It started after doing a few loads of laundry and making the bed. I was careful the whole time so I'm not sure if I could have herniated my disc again or if it's just the nerve being irritated because my back has been under strain from having abdominal surgery.

 
Old 04-28-2008, 10:00 PM   #2
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Re: Has anyone had sciatica after hysterectomy suddenly?

Karia, if I had to guess it is probably a result of all the positioning during the surgery as well as after the surgery you are using muscles in your spine more than you have been since you could not use those abdominal muscles.

I hope that this is nothing major and only a minor hiccup in your recovery. Right now I can relate to the sciatica pain. I am in the same position and it is extremely painful. Nothing worse than this blasted sciatica pain. ((Gentle Hugs)))

 
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for the hug. I'm made a doctors appointment tomorrow with my GP. She's been really good in the past with helping me with my back pain problems so hopefully she'll know what to do. I'm hoping I can get an MRI done to see if there is any damage in there or if it's just my nerve being irritated.

 
Old 04-29-2008, 12:17 PM   #4
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Well when I got up this morning the pain was much more severe. I could hardly walk to the bathroom. I had to have my husband come home to bring me to my doctors appointment. I'm having an MRI done tomorrow to see if my disc is herniated again.

My doctor also put me on Prednisone starting today which has worked like a miracle for me in the past when the pain gets this bad. It's a 6 day treatment the knocks out any inflammation. I should start feeling better by tomorrow already. That's how quickly it's worked for me in the past on two other occasions. I sure hope it works again. She also gave me Ultram a nerve pain pill which has worked good in the past. I sure hope it's not herniated again. I guess I'll just wait and see what the MRI shows. All I did was laundry and the next day it started bothering me. Maybe I bent over funny. It seems so strange that something like that could herniate it. I wonder if whatever position they had me in during my hysterectomy could have caused damage to the disc.

 
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Moving you onto and from the stretcher to positioning you on the table can certainly cause you a flare up and injury if not done properly. Were they aware that you had a back problem?

I pray that this steroid will cause everything to settle back down for you. I would be extra careful with bending, lifting, or twisting.

Good luck tomorrow with the MRI and please keep us posted. We care.

 
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My surgeon knew I had a microdiscectomy before. When I had told him about it he said he had the same surgery. That was months ago though so maybe he forgot. They also had that I had a back surgery in my file and in there computers. Also I thought they would be careful with peoples backs during surgery but maybe not. I guess what's done is done. I'll see what the damage is and go from there. I'm just hoping for inflammation and not herniation. I'll write tomorrow about how the MRI goes. I probably won't have results yet but I'm going to try to get info out of the tech that does it. I know they are not supposed to say anything but it can't hurt to try.

 
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Re: Has anyone had sciatica after hysterectomy suddenly?

My back problems began after a lap assisted vaginal hysterectomy. My pain-managment doctor said that, due to the positioning during the surgery, it can cause back injuries. In my case, it has caused SI joint problems and a ton of misery. I wish they had done an open surgery instead of a lap assisted surgery. IF ONLY I had known. I know, famous last words. In any event, if all comes back clear on your MRI and you continue to have problems, have them do an assessment for sacro-iliac joint dysfunction to rule that out as the possible source of your pain as well. I am writing to plant that bug in your ear. Hopefully, all is ok with your discs. Best of luck to you!

 
Old 04-30-2008, 04:08 PM   #8
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Well I had my MRI today. My doctors office called and the findings showed that there is impingement on the nerve but it said that it wasn't clear if it was from a herniation or scar tissue. I am being referred to my Orthopedic Spine Specialist. It'll be the same doctor that did my spine surgery last time. He does more then surgeries he specializes in the spine and does all kinds of treatments for spine problems.

He'll probably know more about what the MRI pictures mean and hopefully be able to tell me if he thinks it's scar tissue or another herniation. He's supposed to be the best in the state according to his reputation so that puts my mind at ease some but I'm worried I'm facing another surgery. I hope it doesn't have to come down to that. I just had my hysterectomy I haven't even healed all the way from that yet. I wouldn't be able to wear a back brace yet even that would hurt like crazy on my abdominal incisions.

Well I'm getting ahead of myself here. I'll just wait and see what he says about what we need to do.

 
Old 08-25-2008, 07:05 PM   #9
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Re: Has anyone had sciatica after hysterectomy suddenly?

Kari, this is older, but i have heard that pregnancy can cause this as well and i seemed to have alot of the starting pain after my car accident and having a Hysterectomy hmmmm.
Take care, Monkey

 
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