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2 weeks after Lower microdiscectomy back stiffens up when I get up

Jml94777JJml94777 Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Please help...had lower microdiscectomy surgery June 1. I sat at work for 8 hours Friday with breaks every hour. When I got home I got out of car and my back stiffens up and I can barely walk than it pops back after 10 seconds when move and there is no pain. Did I reherniate it? It reoccures every time I lie down and get up now it happens.


  • Hey there... I would contact your doctor.
    It sounds like you are having issues near the end of the day. I'm no expert but if it comes and goes, could it be you are having some 'joint' issues where your hips or something are 'locking up'?

    Sounds like you are doing the right thing getting up frequently at work. Have you considered a standing workstation? I ask b/c I can switch between sitting and standing. It helps. Are you taking Ibuprofin during the day? It might help keep inflammation down which could help toward the end of the day.

    The other thing that helped me was the PT exercises I learned. I found if I did them every night, over time, I was less sore and tight at the end of the day.

    Also, do you have the issue waking up in the morning? I found I was very stiff in the morning until I got moving. So I drank lots of water so I would be forced to get up half-way through the night and walk around.

    I hope these tips help. I would call your doctor and ask about what you are experiencing.
  • Jml94777 said:
    There's not too many people left on this site anymore. Additionally, in today's sue happy world and political correctness, many are only willing to offer a "consult your physician" answer.

    Anyways, how are you back at work so soon? On what disc levels did they operate? What did they do on those levels?

    To me, it sounds like you pushed it too far by sitting for so many hours so soon after surgery.
    The first 3 weeks after surgery are critical for the disc.

    Are you icing the area regularly?

    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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