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Post Op L5 S1 Micro D 3 months

Has anyone encountered success right after a surgery followed by a return of shooting nerve pain later (3months) after a minor movement or heavy day (bending, lifting, twisting). I suppose my question is, does this mean I possibly reherniated the disc, or did I possibly just inflame the area causing some short term sciatic pain that has not subsided yet? It has only been 24 hours, but I have been pain free for the most part and to get the nerve pain back, although nowhere near as intense, still scares me. I will be calling the surgeon Monday, but am filled with anxiety for now. Please help community!

Patrick Draut


  • PaulPPaul Posts: 730
    edited 04/19/2013 - 9:09 PM
    My L5-S1 micro-d was a success. 2 years later, I was building the framework of a wall (building construction). Bent over and picked it up. By the evening, I could not walk or stand up and in a ton of pain. It took a couple of months of rest to get back to normal. I never did get it MRI'd so I can only assume I herniated it again because it felt almost the same way as before the surgery.

    I'm embarrassed to admit this, but:

    Since then, I have either reherniated it or just aggravated severely 3 more times and each time, it has knocked me down for a month or two. Then with lots of home traction treatments, slowly, it got back to being pain-free. I'm stupid but I have finally learned my lesson. No more heavy work.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • idk53iidk53 Posts: 21
    edited 04/20/2013 - 7:39 AM
    I had a microdisectomy January 18th of this year, so almost exactly three months ago. After surgery the sciatica was greatly reduced but I now had a burning sensation in my toe and residual backpain. However the pain and sciatic steadly increased as I healed and started to become a little more active. I got another MRI and this one showed that the nerve was still pinched so I need another surgery. But I had pain from the start.

    In your case it sounds like you felt great but are now feeling a little residual pain but nothing as bad as pre-op correct? What tends to happen is over time scar tissue builds up and can cause that residual pain but usually goes away within 6 months. Hopefully this is the case with you. I would just take it easy and keep icing.
  • UsedToGolfUUsedToGolf Posts: 37
    edited 04/22/2013 - 3:14 AM
    I think it's way too soon to tell. Give it 6 weeks and see. I remember feeling good for 3 days and then taking a long walk and having the same symptoms. I was so mad; I thought I had reinjured myself, but it went away. Hang in there!
  • You surprise me, Paul. From many of your posts I have gotten the sense that you are very much at peace with your limitations. I would not have expected your setbacks due to those "embarassing" events. But perhaps that was your way of finding out where those limits are.
    I am almost three months post-op. No major setbacks to report, thank goodness. Although I still have sciatica when I sit, and lower back soreness for lots of minor reasons. I am still hoping for a more complete recovery...
    Microdiscectomy L5-S1; Jan. 28, 2013
  • i was wondering when i would be allowed to bend again... though now concerned about doing anything "heavy" in three months surgeon recommended nothing but walking for 6 and NO lifting bending or twisting until after 6 - post op 4 weeks right now, was S1 L4 - fusion, minimally invasive surgery, i still have serious neuropathy left leg, and left foot (feels like club foot) (anyone else have this????) when went in for RIGHT leg issues...kind of annoying... a twinge of right leg sciatic pain every now and then right lower leg, but only 4 weeks and alot better than pre op.... just insane over the left leg issues...doc said it will heal (months) hard to walk and yet still (my only PT) walking over a mile most days. did alot of "sitting" over the past two days and that hurts more than moving (anyone else?)
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