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Five days post op discectomy

Alli75AAlli75 Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all. I am five days post op from an L4L5 micro discectomy in which the surgeon removed one large piece. So far I am doing ok with pain. I began walking the next day in short five minute increments through the house. The second day home I then went outside and started laps around our property line about 10 minutes each, four or five times a day. By day four I no longer wanted to take narcotic pain meds since the pain I had was from the incision site and not a lot from the leg or back. My main question is this, for several years I've had intermittent chronic back pain. Twice in 2010 my physiatrist diagnosed it as facet syndrome and I had two courses of ESI about eight months apart. Right at the same time I got the second injections on 12/24/10, the back pain stopped but the severe leg pain started in just a couple days. I'm wondering if it was facet syndrome at all over the last couple years or it was the disc all along that finally ruptured. It just seems strange that the back pain quit when the leg pain and foot drop started. It's hard to say since I had the spine injections the same time all of this occured. Any opinions on this? Thanks so much everyone!


  • My Hubby had the same surgery you did a couple years ago. Sounds like your doing very well, especially with walking. My H suffered from sciatica for years. He picked up a heavy box and turned at the same time which is how he ruptured his disk. He wasnt able to get in to have it seen about until a month after the accident, but his pain was off the charts, burning stabbing pain. He developed drop foot quickly and never regained use. How is your foot doing? I know more folks that have had your same surgery will chime in soon. Take it easy, rest and ice!
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