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Discectomy - pain progressively worse post op

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Lower Back Pain
Had l4 l5 decompression & discectomy surgery on Fri 9/11. The first couple of days I was a bit sore around the incision but my leg pain was gone. Beginning Sunday evening, my leg pain has been coming back getting progressively worse. I realize that I am only at day 6, but the fact that it seems to be getting worse instead of better has me concerned.

I would love to hear from anyone that has experience with this.



  • you have joined up with lots of other people in pain. there is a lot to learn here by sharing info with others. ther are also many good articles and videos to study...take a look at FAQ above..
    i personally never had a discectomy but i understand that steroids may be used during the surgery to reduce swelling. that could be the reason for initial pain loss. people take up to or even over a year before nerves calm down. try to hang in there and do what the dr advises. no lifting bending, stretching. dont sit for long periods without getting up and doing a little walking. please keep us posted and i'm sure someone whos gone through this procedure will respond shortly to your post.....good luck to you....pete
  • I had the exact same experience as you are having in Dec 07 I had endoscopic microD. If the nerve has been compressed for awhile it will take it some time to heal. My pain got much, much worse before it got better. I could not even lift my leg unless I grabbed my pant leg with my hand and lifted for about 4 or 5 months after surgery. Good luck and keep us posted.
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