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Slight Pain concern

kyadog115kkyadog115 Posts: 266
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Only 3 days have passed since my L-5 diskectomey. I felt that my leg pain was totally gone but at times I feel a slight return. Is this normal or to be expected? I especially feel discomfort in the muscle just above the heel of my foot(Calf?).




  • My experience has been that it is quite normal for this to happen. For one thing the surgeon normally moves the nerves around during surgery, irritating them. Steroids used during surgery to fight inflammation, will wear off in a few days and inflammation will build in areas that may further irritate the nerves.

    Healing from spine surgery, even a discectomy, requires patience and understanding that your body just went through something quite traumatic.

    When in doubt, contact your surgeon's office.

  • I understand your concern because I had MicroD twice. Because my surgeon told me that I would be pain-free after the surgery, I got concerned when I felt unexpected twinges, aches, pulling feeling, burning... All of these feelings should subside.

    I have been told that this is all normal. Just call your surgeon if the pain increases. That's what my surgeon's nurse practioner advised me to do.
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