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Another week, another pain

mrredmmrred Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Another week after surgery, another new and exciting pain...

I am eight weeks out after a microd at the L5-S1. I've got a crazy sciatic nerve and have had pain all over my leg (burning, tightness, etc) since the surgery. This afternoon I put a heat pack on my back for about 20 minutes. After about 5 minutes of walking around after that, most of the tightness and burning in my leg was gone but it all shot directly to my big toe--where I've never had any pain before! I can bend my toes, but I can't stand on it or put any pressure on it.

Is that something to be concerned about or is it part of the healing? Has that happened to anyone else? Since my NS wanted to see me walk on my toes after surgery, and now I'm having trouble doing that, especially with my big toe, I wanted some advice whether or not to call him about it.


  • To have to go through surgery and still have pain, what a bummer. Especially sciatica, that has to be the worse! I remember very clearly the way it would just torture me and almost nothing helped. I am so thankfull that at least my surgery helped take care of that. Can you have anything else done for this? I wish you luck.
  • Just an FYI my Physical told me that heat "agravates" already sensitive or damaged nerves. She said Ice is better for nerve pain. Just something to think about
    May God Bless and Keep you.
  • Best you see your surgeon regarding this pain. The nerve root that feeds the big toes is in the area or your surgery, JOAN
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