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L5-S1 microdiscectomy recovery
Hi everyone - I'm new to the site, but glad I found it. What a wealth of information! OK, so I had a microdiscectomy 4 weeks ago and overall I feel a lot better. The leg pain is 90% gone, with the exception of first thing in the morning and random jolts of pain. Pre-surgery, the pain was in the back of my leg, into the upper calf and sometimes down to my foot. The pain was constant and got worse with movement. The effected leg also was substantially weaker than the other, and also had some numbness and pins and needles.
Since the surgery, the pain has mostly subsided, but the pins and needles has actually gotten worse, and the weakness is still there too. My doc says it can take several weeks for the nerve to recover, but I have also heard of some cases where the symptoms are gone completely after surgery. Is this normal? When should I realistically expect these symptoms to subside? Will they ever?
Thanks for any advice or info in advance. Tony in Chitown