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Help!Low Back and Leg pain after surgery!!!

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I've had two spine surgeries on the L5-S1 disc, the first being a microdiscectomy and the other an open discectomy and laminectomy. It has been almost one month since my surgery and my back pain has gotten severe. My leg pain is still chronic also, and my right leg is very weak. If I don't take my medication as directed I am in awful pain. However many times that I take it, I go to sleep, and when I wake, I'm in even more pain. I don't know what the problem is. I trust my surgeon greatly, I just wish the surgery would have worked out better. My surgeon did tell me that the disc above had alot of pressure for there wasn't much disc left at l5s1, so I need to be careful in everything I do. Is it too early to tell? What is going on? I see my surgeon in a couple weeks, and hopefully he can advise me of what needs to be done. However, any input from you veterans would be greatly appreciated!


  • It is very early from your surgery. We all think that recovery from surgery should be quicker than this, but unfortunately its not with spinal surgery.

    I empathize with you regarding the pain. I hope you have pain medication to help. I would continue to rest as much as possible and contact your surgeon if things worsen or you need more help with your pain.

    Best to you,

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