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Numbness Came Back 6 weeks after L5-S1 Micro Discectomy

I had an L5/S1 micro discectomy 6 weeks ago. Before surgery, I had numbness and tingling down my left leg to my toes. Immediately after surgery, the numbness and tingling went away until yesterday. Is there something that would have caused this? Yesterday, I lifted my 35 lb toolbox about 60 feet. Before that I have been able to avoid lifting anything over 10 lbs. Could this one incident have caused my numbness to return after 6 weeks? Is there anything I can do (besides a 2nd surgery) that will make the numbness go away?


  • I have no medical training, just a fellow microD patient. Is there 'something' that would have caused this? Yes, 'something' caused it obviously. Could it be lifting a tool box once? Sure, it could be. As you may or may not know, an estimated 5-10% micoD patients re-herniate within 3 months of initial surgery. It seems a reherniation can be caused by just about anything, yes, even something as 'minor' as lifting a tool box once. But something completely unrelated could have caused it, or it could be the lifting, but its not a reherniation. Maybe some imflammation of the nerve returned. You should really work with your medical support to try and determine exactly what is going on. And yes, with a recurrance of symptoms, and even a diagnosed reherniation by qualified medical practitioners, all the conservative treatment methods for an initial herniation can and should be considered depending upon the severity of your returned symptoms before jumping into a second surgery.

    Seek out your Drs for solid medical diagnosis, and back to the spine-health forums for support and sharing experiences will fellow back sufferers who understand what you have and are going through. Best of luck!
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