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l4-l5 microdiscectomy recovery: back spasms

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I searched the forum, but couldn't find a thread that mentioned this.
I had a microdiscectomy 5 weeks ago, and for the first 12 days was almost totally pain free. Then, after walking a bit farther and stretching a bit, I felt my lower back muscles relax a bit, and then "grab" in a spasm or cramp. Ever sine I've had those very painful grabbing feels again and again. I am still walking, but I've gone from an hour of brisk walking to ten minutes of shuffling; climbing a curb is painful.

Is this at all normal? I'm hoping that the muscles were just so weakened from presurgery pain that they need time to recover.



  • Have you done PT? I get a jabbing like pain in my lower back sometimes after a long walk. It was more frequent at the beginning of my recovery.

    Today I saw my surgeon and asked him about the "new" back pain. He said that the pain will be addressed during PT.

    BTW...had microD at L5/S1
  • There is a post-op "honeymoon".
    Drugs will be put into the surgical site during surgery and it takes time for them to wear off.
    Ask doc his opinion on that.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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