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2nd time around on L4-5 back surgery. 2 weeks post surgery

Originally hurt my back in my early 20's installing optics tables in a physics lab. Diagnosed with a L4-5 disc herniation. Tried for a year to avoid surgery. Finally after 3 epidurals, pt, chiropractic, etc I had an open discectomy in 1996. Took 6-8 weeks to recover but things worked out pretty well. I was able to do almost everything I wanted to - play basketball, did a triathlon, run 5ks, volunteer with scouts. Things were going pretty well, I started having a flareup or two a year starting about 5 years ago. It would lay me up for a week or so but I would always get back up. Starting last year, I started having flareups every month - spasms, back pain, leg pain etc. I started physical therapy at work to try to prevent the flareups but they got worse. Last December I had one of my normal flareups which never got better. I spent the holidays completely immobilized and in agony. Had an MRI early january that showed a protrusion and extruded herniation close to 4 cm in size with sever central stenosis. Had micro-discectomy on the 8th of February. Things were going really well with recovery until this morning when I had massive, stabbing pain when I tried to put on my shoes this morning(when I crossed my right leg over my left). Pain is OK if I lie down but ramps up as soon as I stand up. Worried that I might have re-herniated the disc.


  • I know it's the weekend, but I'd be putting in a call first thing Monday to the surgerical nurse. Chances are you have aggrivated something, but I'd still want to get it checked out. And damn those physics tables.... should have been in the chem lab.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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