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    Old 10-24-2019, 09:40 PM   #1
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    L5-S1 micro disectomy

    Iím a 35 year old male that just had a L5-S1 micro disectomy 11 days ago. The doctor thinks I had herniated it years ago maybe during my college football days, but it wasnít until the last 4-5 months I had excruciating sciatica pain from my buttocks to my toes. I think most of the pain went away after the surgery and I had started walking since 2 hours after my surgery. I even went back to work 2 days later. Now 11 days later, Iíve been taking it easy, no lifting, no real bending or twisting and always wear the back brace. Now my thoughts and concerns are , before the surgery I didnít have any back pain, but now I swear it feels like my disc area aches, but itís not overwhelming. I feel this should go away in time but my leg still feels weird. However the sensation is just below the knee and in the foot now and not the painful feelings I had in my whole leg. I donít know how to describe it, feels like the nerve on the lower leg is going crazy or hypersensitive and I wonder if itís because I did 20 mins on an elliptical the day before. I donít feel normal because the way the lower leg and foot feels but Iím hoping this weird sensation goes away. For instance, before the surgery I would move a certain way and my toes would burn sharply for 10 secs before fading away. Now it seems they burn constantly but itís only noticeable if something touches them and itís not as intense.

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    Re: L5-S1 micro disectomy

    Welcome to the board. Iím not sure what your surgeon told you regarding recovery...but any spine surgery, regardless of how relatively simple it may seem, can take a long time to heal. You almost always have some new sensations post surgery, sometimes new nerve pain or pain in locations where you never had it previously. This is all very common.

    You are still early in your recovery. You probably still have some inflammation from the procedure that could be pressing on a spinal nerve.
    A nerve may have been aggravated during the surgery. Sometimes the surgeon has to tug on it a bit to free it up. In any case, I would urge you to continue to follow the no bending, lifting or twisting and to be patient! You very well may feel weird sensations for three to six months. If you have a desk job, be sure to get up at least once per hour and walk a little bit.

    Also, I am really surprised your surgeon has allowed you to use an elliptical trainer so soon after surgery...especially since your issues are at L5-S1. The motion one uses with an elliptical trainer is a shearing motion which is really putting a lot of undo stress on the buttocks and sacral area as you press down with one foot and then the other. Also any movement that is so repetitive, like running on a treadmill, is not a good idea when you are trying to heal. You are much better off going for walks on a level surface, at a reasonable pace.

    Keep a positive attitude, stay well-hydrated and be patient! Good luck!

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    Old 11-26-2019, 06:49 AM   #3
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    Re: L5-S1 micro disectomy

    I am suprised at the eliptical comment.
    i had mine on 11/18 and back to work for 1/2 days for now but i do work from home and do have one of those standing and sitting desk and also i need not be on my desk so i walk and do calls on my bluetooth wireless headset.

    My friend had Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion on C3/4 and C5/6 on sept 23rd and riding his harley around so people heal differently.

    hand in there, i had heard of something called phatom pain as my nerves have been in some scatica discomfort for 8 yrs i had some last night for 5 minutes and then disappeared.

    Last night one of the smoke alarm went off and before i know i was up ,checked the kids , house and then stopped to think how i got up so fast and did all that and did not hurt myself or atleast think of my back.

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