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Hey guys - fresh outta surgery

Hey guys, I just got a Microdisectomy done this past friday and now it's wednesday. The incision pain is mostly gone but i have been having the worst sciatica of my entire life.

Before surgery I could walk more then a block, i could at least live NORMAL but in excrutiating pain all day

now after surgery i cant even walk a block, when i raise my leg more then 45 degrees i feel the nerve pain starting....

if i got a microdiscetomy, and i raise my leg why do i still feel pain? did the surgeon not do a good job? they keep telling me the incision might be swollen thats why the nerves are still a little hurt... but its been almost a week.

im not expecting full recovery in a week, i just want SOME progress like... 2-5% every day. i have been getting none


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  • So someone explained to me it's like slamming your finger in a door. When you pull you finger out it hurts more as the blood rushes back to your finger. Same with the nerves, your probably going to have to wait until the second week. I have read a lot of posters saying the micro D caused them a lot of pain. Take it easy, ice it and I'm sure you will be better in like 8 days. I'm seeing a Neuro soon, I may be getting a micro d soon. Keep us updated on your progress!
  • ben_indianabben_indiana Posts: 288
    edited 04/18/2013 - 3:05 AM
    It can def get worse before it gets better. Remember not only did the cut into your spine, but they have to physically move your nerve around in order to perform the surgery. Keep in contact with the surgeons office esp if it continues to worsen but the increase in pain can be normal.

    And yes it does take time to be able to walk. Right after my surgery it took a few days just to get past my driveway! One day at a time. It took me almost 2 weeks to get around my neighborhood which is not very big.

    and yes you are very swollen inside and maybe the leg lift is when that swelling starts to put pressure on the nerve. There is alot going on in there, it does take time to calm down.
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
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