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I had a L4-5 microdiscectomy on april 11th it was great to be able to walk still had back and butt pain but i could walk normal for the first time in months 3 and a 1/2 weeks later I'm hurting again and now on both sides worse on my left and my back is killing me I'm having pain i didn't have before i have stinging burning and sharp pains I'm on hydrocodone and that's it no anti-inflammatories and i know i have a lot of inflammation i can see it and feel it is any of this normal or expected and what can be done oh and would this be considered a failed surgery i have pain all the way down to my heels both sides just worse on left right didn't start til after surgery


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I agree that it's still early in recovery, but it can't hurt to call your surgeon's office and ask questions and to voice your concerns. One thing after surgeries like this is the body is adjusting to moving normally again. After many months of not walking and functioning normally, it takes time to "get right" again.

    Please keep us posted and Welcome to Spine-Health!

  • flowerpotsfflowerpots Posts: 379
    edited 05/06/2013 - 5:46 AM
    I had my surgery march 13 and I still have nerve pain in both legs and butt. Its still early in your recovery. It takes time to heal. You may need new meds. Hope you feel better soon kathy
    Kathy B
  • I know everyone is different, but it does take time for swelling to go down and surrounding areas to "relax", after each surgery that I have had , at 6 months I thought finally I am back to normal, after 12 months I realized that I was actually feeling normal again.
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