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Post-op discectomy June 1,2009

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a discectomy on 6/01/09. I also felt like the first week was amazing. I felt like a had so much more energy, and that it was a miracle for the horrible pain I had for the past 6 months in my leg and back. Then last week, my foot started going numb, and was hard to walk because it became stiff. Then my calf also became stiff. Now my lower leg and foot hurts to much to put pressure on it. My doctors office recommends the medrol pack(steroids)s and also told me about the damage that could of been done to the nerve, and that this is very normal post-op. They also said that I could have this pain the rest of my life. I wish as many of you did, that someone could of told me some of this prior to surgery. I feel helpless and frustrated.


  • Sorry to hear you are having problems. Give it time, so often we tend to panic the first week out, especially when pain returns. The steroid pack may do the trick.

    Your doctor is simply trying to cover all the bases, at least that is what it sounds like to me. They want to warn you in case it does not get better. The hope is that it will.

    Try to take it easy and give it some more time.
  • Wrambler is correct, give it some time.

    Many times though, we are told of these sorts of outcomes and others but in our desperation to get relief we don't "hear" everything we were being told or read everything that is printed on the surgical release. If we do, sometimes we tend to believe that it will only be on a minor scale if it happens at all.

    I hope that you find some relief soon.

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