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My pain switched legs!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
Before my microdiscectomy I had major radiculopathy down my left leg. After it I still had minor leg pain, but it wasn't near as bad. Now a year later, the pain has shifted to be down my right leg! What the he##!? There is mild pain still in my left, but why is the sharp shooting pain starting down my right?


  • sorry you have more troubles.
    surgeon fixed problem last year. sounds like its possible either the same or a different disk is putting pressure on a spinal nerve. best you see spinal surgeon for an evaluation
    best of luck
  • Thanks for your reply. That's what I think is going on too. I just find it strange that it is now in the opposite leg. :(
  • 3 years ago had sciatic down left leg and brought under control (with Chiropractor). Now being treated due to pain down Right leg (and is much much worse). Possibly just means the disk is protruding to the other side root nerve this time. The basic instability of the spinal structure may be helped (not cured) with exercise and strengthening core muscles but talk to your specialist as need to get the immediate cause of the pain properly diagnosed.
    Kind Regards >:D<
  • I had severe low back and right hip and leg pain before having a laminectomy and discectomy of L4-L5 in June of 2008. Intense physical therapy for almost a year. Stretching,ultrasounds,treadmill and targeted weight lifting. Pain receded after surgery but it took a while. Still have very mild symptoms on right side. Now I am experiencing the same exact pain on the left side of back,hip and leg. Had 2nd MRI showing a recurring herniated disc. Neurosurgeon suggested traction and or epidurals. My chiro. is the Dr. who I went to see for physical therapy so it was all very conservative. I don't want to go through what I went through last year. I was actually bent sideways for many months before finally having the surgery. And had to try and sleep on by knees bent over the couch. I am to see the surgeon next week because my chiro. feels he can no longer help me. We have discussed fusion but I'm rather scared at this point because of other discs going bad. I couldn't do the epidurals the last time because the disc was actually too large. I was under medication when I did the first one and screamed when they injected me. I was told that doesn't normally occur. Didn't go back for the 2nd. I'm back on medication and not sleeping and not being able to sit or stand all over again. It's the most discouraging thing. Very depressed and wanted to see if this has happened to anyone else and what they did about it.
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