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Old 01-30-2005, 01:18 PM   #1
Ben W
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Six weeks post microdiscectomy...still hurts

Hey Guys,
Well it has been six weeks since my microdiscectomy. I have pain in both feet and in the original sciatic nerve area. I am a bit discouraged in that I really have been careful. I saw the neurosurgeon and she seems to think things are going o.k. She even told me I wouldn't have to see her anymore if I continue to get better. The problem is that I don't seem to be making any progress with the pain in the legs. I also discovered that if I lie on my left side in bed, my left foot goes numb. That doesn't happen if I lie on my right side. The disc fragment was on the left side; now I lie awake thinking it was all for naught; more crabmeat is loose! Am I worrying for no good cause? Has anyone experienced similar?

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Old 01-31-2005, 04:25 PM   #2
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Re: Six weeks post microdiscectomy...still hurts

Hi Ben,

I had a discectomy L5/S1 on October 18 and again on December 16. (My disc reherniated and that's why I had a second surgery in December).

After the first surgery I felt the same as pre-op; the leg pain etc was all still there. The second one, when I woke up the leg pain was gone and I thought, hooray! I'm fixed.

Well, the leg pain has pretty much stayed away, but I've been getting a hint of sciatic pain at the hip/bum area. The back pain, however, is just about intolerable.

The last surgery left me without any cushion to speak of and my doctor said that I might have "pain for awhile yet". Well, what is that supposed to mean?

My days go like this: Get up, feeling okay. After sitting for more than 1/2 hour I start to hurt. This is not sore muscles, it is pain deep inside in the spine. It sort of feels like when my disc herniated 5 1/2 years ago and I had this sharp pain that takes my breath away.

Anyway, if I manage to shower and make it to work I come home in a great deal of pain and need to spend the next day at home where I can lie down frequently.

To make a long story short, Ben, I understand your frustration. If you are having such strong symptoms and your dr. is ignoring them then there's a problem.

In October when my pain was still so bad and things didn't seem right I called my Dr. and he immediately ordered out an MRI and sure enough I had reherniated. It's possible that you have the same problem, or it could be that the healing process is taking longer than you would hope.

Regardless, I think your doctor should take you seriously and order an MRI to be sure. Good luck!

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