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L-4 L-5 laminectomy recovery

robert brilhartrrobert brilhart Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
In Feb this year I had L-4 L-5 S-1 laminectomy and diskectomy surgery The day after the surgery I had a very bad experience with the nausea caused by pain medication,that the paramedics had to take me to the emergency room.The pain being the worst I have ever expeienced.Proper stomach meds and pain killers fixed that.My question is the movement of climbing out of bed crawling to the bathroom(sometimes)and vomiting every hour on my lower back hamper my recvery time? It has been 7 months and I have a lot of pain in any twisting or quick movements it drives me nutts Movements at night always wake me up in pain it goes away in the right position Anyone with their thoughts?



  • At 7 months I would ask the surgeon for another MRI to rule out the possibility of a re-herniation. I had the same surgery 7/19/10 and re-herniated within the first week and a half. But Being 2 1/2 months post op I feel as though I am back to normal for the most part, still have the leg pain from the re-herniation though.
  • Thamk you for your comment I am seeing my doctor today and I will request another MRI enough is enough I am not a doctor but something isnt right.To many people I speak with that have had this surgery at my age 49 are doing better again thanks
  • One more thing at 7 mos post surgery,it always feels like I have a knife sticking in my tailbone and lower back the pain goes away when Im lieing flat on my back no movement is this normal to anyone?
  • Bob, if you don't mind sharing the info, I'm curious to know if when you get the new MRI they give you I.V. contrast or not. Thanx
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • I will inform you of the MRI procedure when I ask today The way my original surgeon explained this would be a piece of cake At 7 mos bad tasting cake!! Any advise or comments based on experience are welcomed thanks
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