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Light Sciatic Pain 2 1/2 weeks post op Endoscopic Discectomy

YogiYYogi Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey guys, New to posting but this forum has gotten me through a lot of my questions when my sciatic pain started..

2 1/2 weeks ago I had an Endoscopic Discectomy done at Bumrungrad International (Thailand) to remove a 10mm bulge from my L5-s1 which was compressing my sciatic never affecting my right leg.

Prior to the surgery I've had sciatic pain for about 5 months. I am 23 and was about 315LBS. Before the surgery i tried Stretches my doctor recommended me, visited Chiros, even visited the ER a couple times cause the pain was so intense. a 9/10 at least... would of been a 10 out of 10 if i stop walking completely hah. basically i was living chair to chair on pain killers (vicodin/perc).. To give you an idea about the pain if i was lying down flat face up and i were to lift my left or right leg up more than a foot or two i would get intense pain in my right leg.

Later it was decided to try to do spinal decompression. The cost of spinal decompression and doctors visits were getting a little costly in Los Angeles so it was decided that I would go to thailand and stay with family for my medical care.

I did spinal decompression and PT for the first month and a half to see if we can try to do this the non surgical route . it helped a little but still stumbling from chair to chair. So it was recommended that i see a Spine Specialist/Neurosurgeon. We re did the MRI to see if there was any changes. Same 10mm bulge. So the date was set for june 8th.

So finally 6AM i get to the OR 7:30 Im in ICU 8:30 i wake up all stupid and dazed out haha. go back to sleep wake up @ 10am a bit normal... I try to move my lower half of my body and that didnt want to well... The doctor comes in and tells me the surgery went well no complications but the nerve was swollen. so they dripped a steroid to control the inflammation. 11AM they sent me back to my room. Every hour i tried to move but the pain was pretty intense still but every hour that went by the pain got less and less severe. Then around 8PM with very little pain left i got out of my bed and for the first time in 5 months i was able to walk around the room and down the hallway pain free... It was a very surreal moment... I had a little pain in my ankle and thigh but nothing to complain about from what i went through in 5 long horrible month haha...

Next day i was discharged and im staying at my families house here in bangkok. They did give me a back support to wear during activities and wear it i do. They prescribed me arcocox for nerve pain and tylenol . a week after my surgery i had a doctors visit to make sure everything was ok.I told him i did have a tad pain in my ankle. So he put me on lyrica. Since the surgery I been doing light walking, I been here in thailand for about 2 1/2 months and i dropped 25 pounds. i went from 315 to 290 :)

Now about 3 days ago. I been experiencing light sciatic pains. Reason why i say light is because im still able to walk normally go about my normal activities. Im still able to lift both legs up in the air when im lying flat no pain.
I feel the pain in my ankle and in my buttocks when I sit more than 15-20 mins and i feel it the most when i try to sleep. But once im asleep theres no waking me up :)

My question, Is this something normal that happens? I understand the nerve was compressed for a long 5 months and the doctor did say its going to take time to heal and repair itself. But i know everyone gets that little voice inside of there head questioning everything 24/7 haha. I got a little stressed in the past 3 days but i calmed myself down for the most part.

Anyways any info, advice or help would be much appreciated :) thank you guys for reading my life story :P



  • If you had very restricted ability to walk before the surgery, it could be that you might be overdoing it because you feel better. That could create inflammation and the pain.

    I hope you keep improving!
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • yeah i might of been a little over confident... ill stay put and heal for a couple months and stay out of overdoing it hah.

    thanks for the advice :)
  • I can only relate to you what happened to me when I had the same kind of surgery on my L5-S1.

    I did not do the prescribed aquatic physical therapy and I resisted taking the prescribed meds because I don't like taking meds.

    Well, I was in a ton of pain and basically stuck in bed for 4 weeks. I mean, all I could do was lay in bed and look at the ceiling.

    Finally, I called my doctors (in Los Angeles) and asked to be seen again.
    As it turns out, there was lots of inflammation, swelling, and edema compressing the nerve.

    We tried a steroidal injection and it worked! 7 days later I was pain-free.

    I continue to use traction at home as "maintenance" using the Saunders Hometrac machine.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

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

    yeah ill be kicking back for a while...

    haha, thanks for your insight and story :)
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