Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

L5-S1 Microdiscectomy, 20 years old. Still low flexibility

akyuaakyu Posts: 2
edited 04/27/2013 - 3:47 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey every one

5 months ago I had a microdiscectomy at L5-S1 for severe sciatic pain.

The surgery went well and the pain reduction was immediate. Before surgery my pain radiated all the way to my toes.

After surgery, the pain only went into the hips/upper hamstring area, and that pain has been slowly reducing as time goes on and nerve inflammation reduces. I must say I consider myself very lucky and have been very happy with the results of my surgery.

I walk 5 miles everyday, and recently started light jogging with no issues. I also completed a round of physical therapy

My primary concern right now is my flexibility. I still cannot bend forward more than a few degrees. Doing so sends triggers sciatic pain.

Also doing a hamstring stretch more than about 45 degrees causes a sharp nerve pain in my hamstring area.

I am wondering if this is a result of nerve damage/inflammation that will heal over time? Or perhaps it is scar tissue that is limited the mobility of the nerve root.

Should I continue trying to stretch my hamstring if I feel pain... or should I just forget about them all together until the pain is gone



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I am sure that you will find your time on Spine-Health very rewarding. This site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and continues to grow.
    Here are just some of the highlights:

    - Detailed medical libraries of Articles and Videos that address almost every Spinal Conditions and Treatment

    - The Wellness section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.

    - Under the Resource tab, there is a section Doctor Advice Health Center which can be invaluable.

    - As a bonus, Spine-Health provides these patient forums. Here is where you can meet thousands of other people who understand and can relate to your situation. You will soon become part of the Spiney family who provide comfort and the advantages of a Support System. You are now part of this family that is approximately 20,600 International members and growing daily.

    - It is very important to understand the Forum Rules to make sure all of your posts do not violate any of the rules.

    - As a new member, it is helpful to understand the 'makeup' of these forums, how to make posts, tips on adding images and much more. You should read Forum FAQ

    If you have any questions or need assistance, you can use the Private Message facility to contact any one of the Moderators on my team:
    dilauro , tamtam or liz

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I think these would be excellent questions for your physical therapist or your surgeon's nurse. I'd make the call so you know how best to continue your healing. Seems like you are doing well, and I want that to continue!
    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.
Sign In or Register to comment.