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2weeks post microdiscectomy I get out of bed and my back locks up help?

Jml94777JJml94777 Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Lower Back Pain
Had 1st surgery on lower back June 1 and have been resting and taking pretty good care of it. I sat at work for 8 hours with breaks every hour Friday and when I got home and got out of car I stood up and my back locked up making my leg and back in excruciating stiff pain. After I walk or push my back in where the incision is it doesn't hurt anymore. But it's reoccurring most times I get up. Did I reherniate it? Need input please....


  • Hi there , I'm sorry to hear you still have to deal with the pain but two weeks is still pretty early . Sounds like your muscles are doing their job of trying to prevent further damage by spasms occurring. Remember you had an assault on your body and you will have a while to heal. Do the usual ice / heat , stretches and mindfulness of movement and if it still is troubling you go to your dr. Leg pain can occur if muscles spasm and affect the nerves . Hope it settles down soon . Take care - chelle
  • Michelle thank you for the feedback I appreciate it. I hope this has happened to other people in the healing process.
  • I had a microdiscectomy on 1st June, initially had no pain, however had loss of sensation and numbness down the back of my left leg and left foot. I am struggling with pain at night even though on copious amounts of ant inflammatories and opiates. I am due back at work in a few weeks as a regional director in nursing, as I work in the private sector most of my job involves hundreds of miles of driving.
    I was told I had Calder equine syndrome, and that swift surgical intervention was needed to avoid long term nerve damage.
    I was initially admitted on 17th February however due to being ignored when I complained about the pain on my injection site where they were administering morphine, I developed cellulitus, which in turn developed into an abscess necessitating surgical intervention 4 times in 6 days. I was then so full of infection, A vacupump was attached to my arm to suck out the phus. Due to the infection I stayed in hospital for nearly 2 months and was the discharged in order to recover which took another 6 weeks and visits every 2 days from the orthopaedic outreach nurses! So my operation didn't take place until June 1st.
    I'm I'm worried that due to the delay, I may now have long term nerve damage, linked with the fact that I'm diabetic, this has serious long term consequences! Has anyone had any similar experiences?
  • Forgot to say my microdiscectomy was L5 / S1
  • Nevr had those symptoms sorry...
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