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2mons out from Microdiscectomy

I am 2 months out from Microdiscectomy at L4...the disc had herniated out and was pressing agaisnt my spinal nerves...MAJOR PAIN for bout 2 mons prior to surgery...no use of right leg, horrible leg cramps, foot was numb, always cold and always cramped...after surgery all of this horrible pain is gone but i still hve leg cramps and hip hurts...this is bearable compared to bf surgery...just wanna know if this will go away with time...i am 36yrs old and athletic and want to continue to be athletic(so not playing any sports right now) but maybe n future...any advice is appreciated...i take Anti inflam, muscle relaxer, and neurotin at night and in morn....seems to help


  • Suggest you record your pain and circumstances prior, etc in a pain journal. Then provide this factual information to the surgeon or GP. Quite often, it expected that the GP does the pain management after surgery. Focus the conversation on the pain you are still having and what could be producing the pain.

    There was a really good post on this exact subject in the last couple of days that discussed this better than me here.

    I feel for you as I had same story, but got partial foot drop too. (Click name for story, if of interest)

    When you seeing a doctor next?
  • I am 3 months post-op and I am still having issues also. The hip pain especially rings true with me. I put a update post up recently, check that out. The best thing I can say right now is the bad days are getting fewer, less intense, and more time between. So I think it is a procees.

    Good Luck!
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
  • Dave I last saw my Neurosurgeon on Nov 20 and he released me but said if I had any questions or concerns to give him a call...ben..mine is worse if I stand or walk for long periods of time...nothing compared to pain from bf surgery this is just that annoying ache...Thanks both for you advice...I have talked to some people who have had similiar surgeries and they say it just take time for the nerve to heal and since it was my spinal nerve that it affects all kinds of nerves...I am not the most patient person in the world and dont want to totally screw up all the progress I have made
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