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jewelly 10-28-2004 11:55 PM

post-microdiscectomy leg pain??
hi folks,
i hurt my back in an unknown way last june, i had severe back pain that radiated down my right leg. I was off work for 2 months and did alot of physio as well as one selective nerve root block. things got better very slowly and i returned to work with only minimal sciatica in my right leg.
Well, one morning last week i woke up with SEVERE right leg pain down to my ankle. I went to the er and ended up in the hospital for 5 days awaiting surgery-while i was there the pain became worse as well as nombness and muscle weakness(canada health care system).I finally had a microdiscectomy of l5s1 5 days ago. I felt immediate relief of the pressure to my leg. My recovery has been going really wel except today i developed this nervy right calf pain, although this does feel different than before, i am so scared that this whole problem is returning.
has anyone had similiar experiences with this?pls share

GB79 10-29-2004 04:57 AM

Re: post-microdiscectomy leg pain??

I totally understand your pain. I too had a micr disc (SI-L5) 3 months ago. I had leg pain post op for about 2 months in the location you have now (calf). Too let you know, my pain started going away after two months and now it is barely noticeable.

The pain I have now is in my back. It gets worse the longer I sit. I've been doing physio and strengthening my back. At times I get discouraged but I'm hoping to make a full recovery.

I too am Canadian and have been frustrated with the system. Hang in there, things will get better. My understanding is that it takes a very long time to recover.


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