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Old 01-19-2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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Scar tissue after microdiscecomy

Hi, I'm 9 weeks post microdiscectomy and struggling quite a bit. I've been told most people are pain free by 6 weeks. I had another MRI scan and the consultant says it looks like it's scar tissue around the nerve where he did the operation. I don't seem to have improved in the past 5 weeks and the pain is mainly back pain (like a burning) but occassionally moves into my sciatic nerve in my buttock. If I go into a hamstring stretch and wiggle my foot I can really feel the whole path of the nerve. Has anyone else had problems with this? If so, do you think the pain will reduce over time if I keep mobile? I'm back on meds and feeling really fed up. Thanks

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Old 01-19-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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Re: Scar tissue after microdiscecomy

It is very important to keep walking. Walking is the best way to stretch out the spinal nerves and to keep scar tissue from attaching to them as it fills in.

You might also want to find someone who does deep tissue massage/body work/acupuncture that knows how to break up these attachments.

Once scar tissue makes an attachment, it is almost impossible to get rid of it.

Old 01-19-2012, 04:52 PM   #3
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Re: Scar tissue after microdiscecomy

I am three months post micro-d and still not 100% pain free. Better than prior to surgery, that is for sure. Getting another MRI next week and we will see. I feel it's irritation and scar tissue. Doctor has recommended a good fish oil, which I have been doing for three weeks now. I am starting to feel something different, a positive difference. Although time will tell. I was pain free for two weeks after the surgery, but a little of the pain came back after my two week mark. Doc says it is normal what we are feeling, but figured an MRI would be a good idea. I think I walked too much post surgery and made it mad. My pain goes into the butt and down the outside of the leg. No low back pain. Hope you get pain free soon. I think 9 weeks is early. Everyone heals differently.

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