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Microdiscectomy 12/20

abetancuraabetancur Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello all,

I had a microdiscectomy 12/20 on L4-L5, L5-S1. Before the surgery I was in agonizing pain, I couldn't sit, stand or lay comfortably. When waking up from the surgery the sciatic leg pain was completely gone. The doctor gave me vicoden which caused me extreme nausea. Up until 1 week post surgery I felt great until I started vomiting from the vicoden. The next day I woke up with the sciatic pain again. Not as strong as pre surgery but it was there throbbing. I went to see my doctor the next day to get the stitches removed and he said the incision looked like it healed well. I told him about this new pain and he advised I could've reherniated it. I am only 23 years old and for the past 2 months I've been bed rest. I know its not as long as some of you on here but these past 2 months have been hell. I just got married and am trying to complete college and work and this injury has put a damper on everything. It has made me completely depressed. The doctor started me on a steroid Prednisone. It has not done anything yet to relieve the pain. The surgical pain is gone but the sciatica down my leg has returned. All I want is those 7 days back before I vomited where I had no pain. Any suggestions or anyone experience this before?


  • Ah, that beautiful moment after surgery when you realize the pain is gone! :)

    Sure, it's possible you may have reherniated, but you're also so close to your surgery - it may just be your muscles/nerves are still so freaked out by everything that's happened. It takes a long time for things to settle down. After my first surgery I felt great too - it took almost 5 months for me to reherniate the disc, but I did have sciatic pain before then as the nerves adjusted. I got an MRI in the summer that determined I needed surgery again - if there's any chance your doctor will set you up with one at least you'll know if you've reherniated it or not.

    Don't give up, but be patient with yourself - this is a major thing your body has just been through and you can't force recovery. I learned that the hard way - if I hadn't gone back to work both my jobs a month after the first surgery I might not have needed the second surgery.
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