I'm new to the forum am glad to have found a community of people with which I can learn and share experiences.
I had a microdiscectomy 2 weeks ago tomorrow at L5/S1 after suffering on and off for almost 3 years of firstly back pain and then severe sciatica down as far as my left calf. Unusually my herniation was caused by an impact injury; landing heavily on my lower back after jumping and being knocked over playing football.
After numerous physio appointments, chiropractic treatments and doctor visits I decided to get a referral to a private specialist in Reading.
I had an MRI that revealed the herniation and tried an unsuccessful epidural cortisone injection.
I then opted for the microdisc op. Afterwards my surgeon told me that the situation had gotten worse since the MRI and that he had removed a 'a lot of grotty disc material that had gotten wrapped around the nerve' and also that he had had to detach the nerve from the material but that all had been successful.
Immediately post-op I felt great. The pain in my leg had gone, no numbness. However, after a week the pain in my left buttock had come back and now it's progressing steadily down my leg and I now have pain in my left calf. I'll be honest, I'm terrified that I've managed to re-herniate the disc.
I have been doing the prescribed exercises, stretches and walking without any problem. Could this just be phantom pain? I keep thinking that if it were, it would have been there immediately. My surgeon is on holiday until next Monday so am anxious for some peace of mind in the meantime. Has anyone else had a similar experience with the delayed onset of pain akin to pre-op?