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return of sciatica 5 months after laminectomy and discectomy at L4-L5
After 8 weeks of increasing sciatic pain I had laminectomy and discectomy at L4-L5 due to large disc herniation on 10/2/08. I had no back pain, only severe sciatic pain, with extreme weakness, loss of feeling and tingling, foot drop in my left leg. Doc's opnion was that surgery was my only option, that therapy, epidural blocks, would not help the problem as I also have spinal stenosis that was not allowing much room for the herniated disc. I was in so much pain that I welcomed the surgery and immediately upon awakening afterward, my sciatic pain was all but gone (in comparison to how bad it was prior). Doc did say that most of the disc was removed, and that due to how much laminate and disc material was takne it was questionable how well I would heal and that fusion may be necessary down the road. I have to say that I have had a wonderful recovery with only minimal back pain that did resolve, gradual return of feeling to my left leg with the numbness and tingling resolving as well......Until last Friday. I woke up with continous low back painwhen going from sitting to standing and visa versa. This has since subsided to some degree, but the sciatic pain is returning a little stronger as time passes. It is nowhere near as severe as what sent me to the doctor intially, but I am so worried that I it is going to worsen to like it was before. Lying down is especially problematic to my back as it seem that when I shift my legs, it causes instant sharp pain in my lower back.
Has anyone else had this experience after healing so well from surgery. I can not think of anything that I did to aggrevate my back that would cause the problem to start up again. thanks in advance for insight anyone has to offer.