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microdisectomy recovery - 3 wks - not much improvement - too much pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Pain Management
Hello,
I had a microdisectomy a little over 3 weeks ago and I'm still in incredible pain in my leg and back. I do notice some improvement, but the pain is intense and I still need to take pain meds. I'm concerned as I was told I'd be feeling much better at two weeks and my doctor's PA said most people were further along than I. I'm an athletic 45 year old - though I do have an inflammatory disease, but generally have it under control with meds.
Anyone have any advice for me? Hope?
Thanks,
Elizabeth
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Comments

  • I'm sorta in the same boat if it makes you feel any better. I'm 3 weeks post-op for (see below), and my pain is actually a bit worse than before surgery. My PA and doc said that its normal, and most people see improvement after 5 or 6 weeks and with physio...I hope they're right for the both of us...
    Good luck to you!!
    ~Lauren
  • I really hate to be a wet blanket and just because this has happened to me does not mean that it is the same with you. I experienced the exact same thing to the point that my doc had to do epidurals and rhizotomy within 2 weeks post op. My MicroD was a failed surgery. I have much worse pain now than I did before surgery and it is not going to get any better for me. My discectomy was radical and I truly believe that it made my spine very unstable. My surgery was Dec 07. I wish both of you lots of luck and you are still very early out from surgery. just make sure that you follow docs orders strictly. Please keep us posted on your progress.
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