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when is it a new injury

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had microdiscectomy of L5 a year and a half ago- it was diagnosed at the time with an MRI showing a fragmented hernia. The surgery was very succesful, and I was back at an office job within a week. Since then it has been wonderful- almost like my six months of increasing pain and especially sciatic numbness never happened. Since about three months after the surgery I have resumed most of my previous activities- hiking, biking, some lifting. I admit I was getting careless, but tried to think twice about stupid lifts.. this weekend I was visiting relatives and was lifting and throwing my young nephews around while playing. I felt a distinct pain as I did so.. now it seems like I am back to a stage around three months before my previous surgery.. I have a dull pain, it hurts a little to sit and get up out of deep chairs, I get pain at a moderate angle lifting even light weight, and putting on socks and shoes is very hard. None of this is causing extreme pain, but it also came on suddenly two days ago and seems to specific and familiar to just be a muscle pull.

I am very worried I either tore the surgery scars or re-herniated the disk. To the best of your knowledge: 1) is it pretty much inevitable that it will get worse and I will need surgery again? 2) if so, is the same procedure, or an even less evasive procedure, an option or is it now even more serious (i.e. requiring fusion)...or 3) if it is a mild case of "something down there" can a chiropractor do anything? I trust one who helped with a shoulder/neck thing a few months back.. I hope he would tell me straight up if he did not feel comfortable working on a previously operated-on lower back..

Boy was that a stupid rough-housing session (possibly a multi-thousand dollar one)


  • If it's at the same level and same symptoms then it's called a recurrence or re-herniation .If you get another micro it will be the same procedure and recovery, whether or not you need a fusion is up to you and your doctor.I had a similar experience with my first micro d I felt great for months and then wham right back to where I was before. Good luck
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