For 7 years, I tried to conservatively treat my herniated disc that caused me butt pain, calf numbness, and atrophy in my leg. I tried 2 EPidurals, chiropractic, PT, steroids...you name it.
Finally, late last year, I had an MRI, which showed a 5mm, far lateral "extrusion" pressing on the nerve. 3 weeks ago, I had a microD. The operation went great, and I noticed the leg and butt pain go away immediately. During my recovery (which has also been easy), I've been walking and working on strengthening my core. I was off the narcotics after 3 days. The first few days were hard to sit for longer than 10 minutes, but that has gotten better.
What hasn't gotten better is the pain in my butt. I know they say it takes a long time for the nerve to heal, especially after having been pinched for so long, but I am wondering if I'm one of the failed surgery guys or if I - egads! - I reherniated.
When the nurse checked my incision after week 2, she said it was way to early. I'm seeing the surgeon again next week, but here's my question to the great Internet spine web: How many of you have experienced the same thing and what helped? Did anyone have the same symptoms (almost identical to prior) and later had them resolve? What about Neurontin? Turmeric?
02/13 L4-L5 endoscopic microdiscectomy.