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still pain in leg 10 weeks post op

busdriverdavidbbusdriverdavid Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had a 17mm disc bulge that left me in a great deal of pain and unable to walk with out a walker. after my surgery was still having a lot of pain in my left butt and leg especially back side of my calf (sciatica). 6 weeks after surgery saw surgion who said he only see an injury like mine once a year. where he couldnt move nerve root left or right to get at disc to remove, he had to pull nerve straght up and may take longer for nerve to settle down. had a second MRI and looked good,no new herniation but the sciatica is still horrible and on vicodin and ibuprfin 3 times a day to control. have heard a lot of terms like battered nerve root , will this ever get better?


  • sorry surgery was microdiscectomy. L5-S1
  • Sorry you are in so much pain.

    Nerves gets so angry about being compressed! They heal at an incredibly slow rate.

    Are you being seen by a pain management specialist who could help you with your pain?

    Narcotics won't help with nerve pain. But there are medications such as Lyrica, neurontin, and cymbalta that help with nerve pain.

    Be sure to limit the amout of sitting that you do. My surgeon limits me to only 20-30 minutes a couple times a day.

    Be sure to not bend, twist, lift. Walk frequently through out the day. Frequently walking helps with the formation of scar tisuue that can wrap around the nerves.

    Hang in there! It will get better, it takes a long time!

    Wishing you a complete recovery!
  • Thanks Jayhawk,
    I have noticed being able to feel healing of L5 portion of the leg, which means I can feel 2 of 5 toes and less numbness side of leg. But the sciatic pain is unchanged. Does that sharp sciatic pain finally go away once the nerve heals?
  • Before my fusion, I had such horrible siatic pain, I couldn't walk more than a few feet without being in tears ( and I'm tough :)).

    Before my fusion, my surgeon told me 6-12 months. After my surgery, my surgeon said 12-18 months for the nerve pain.

    Boy, was he right.

    Spinal surgery is a long, slow journey that can be very frustrating. But hand in there. It will get better, it just takes time.

    Wishing you the very best!

  • Hi Shari,
    Thanks for the support and advice. These back injury and recovery can be a very scary and lonely place and people like you and blogs like this are a god sent.
    Thanks again.
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