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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in New Member Introductions
hI ALL :H I AM A 39 YR OLD FEMALE WHO HAD A DISCECTOMY ABOUT 5 WEEKS AGO ON L4/L5 AND S1. I AM STILL GETTING BAD BACK SPASMS AND IT FEELS LIKE MY LEGS ARE GOING TO GIVE OUT. HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS? IS IT NORMAL? ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRICIATED I AM NOT TO SURE ON WHAT TO EXPECT. I CANT GET INTO MY SPEC TIL JAN 14/09. THANKS :)
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  • I use a heating pad for the spasms and flexeril, a muscle relaxant. I also use a cane in case my leg gives out. I'm just sharing my experience and should not be taken for medical advice. I urge you if you have any concerns you should call the surgeon's office there is always someone on call. I haven't had surgery yet? I know others who've had surgery will come along and tell you their experience. I wish you a speedy recovery. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I have gone through the same when I had mine last year on L4-S1. When I woke up from surgery, I had a lot of back pain and the sciatica was still there. I was told the nerve was swollen and irritated and it would take some time. From what the doctor told me, it takes 1-1.5 years for the nerve to completely heal. You are still a bit early in the recovery, and the surgeon uses a 12 week window to gauge how you are progressing. I didn't progress at all and had a couple post op ESI's and PT of course. It was evident my pain became chronic. Later on I had a fusion on those 2 levels but the chronic back pain and sciatica persists til this day.
    Keep in mind that everyone has different outcomes, and I hope that you have a positive one. Some people take longer to heal than others. Hang in there and keep us posted on how you are doing. Take care
  • L3/L4 1 year ago. recovery was much worse than I expected. I could not even raise my right leg at all and I was in excruciating pain for at least 4 months. I ended up having an epidural and 5 level rhizotomy 2 weeks after surgery. You are still very early in the healing process and it will get better. Mine was radical meaning that they removed most of the disc so it may have been a little worse than most. Give it some time and if you have any concerns, give your doc a call. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
  • :) hi! :H and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are still having problems with your recovery. ~X( good luck as you continue to seek pain relief! Jenny :)
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