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5 days post-op l4/5 l5/s1 discectomy/laminectomy

Hi all,
Im new to this site and I've never posted before on any forum.

Here is a little background...I had a bad back since I was 10, I'm now 33. Ive never had a specific accident to cause an injury.
I played softball until last year and was a swimmer/lifeguard and in very good shape most of my life.

When I was younger I had to wear a brace but didn't have any MRIs done bc back then They didnt like to do them on kids. It got better after years of Physical Therapy and Chiro.

Around 20yrs old I hurt my back again not sure how just woke up one day and I was in pain just my back with some radiating pains on my left side. Had an MRI small hern L/5/S1 and + EMG radiculopathy again did PT was fine again for years.

April 2012 the pain came back but worse and the shooting pain in my left leg down to my foot was worse. Had another MRI larger hern L/5S1 and a new hern L4/5 EMG + for radiculopathy and neuropathy at the same level. Did Chiro.PT started Pain management and had 2 epidurals worked for a day or two and thats all. So after 15 months decided to have surgery.

July 9th had a disectomy/laminectomy at L4/5 L5/S1. Woke up from surgery and my left leg had terrible pins and needles from my knee down to my toes(never had this before). It has not gone away and I dont know what its or if its permenant?? Has anyone else had this? Did it go away I can't find anthing on this on any pages Ive been looking for hours. Im freaking out.

Surgeon said my surgery was succesful but my nerves were pretty badily compressed and They found a lot of scar tissue but Im not 100% sure from what it may have been from a fall in 2008 when I broke my tailbone falling down the stairs that had healed after 3 months and never had any residual pains from that.

I can do my 30 mins of walking a day but I have to break it up through out the day. and the pain is still pretty bad my pain meds aren't controlling it.

Just looking for any advice! Thank you!!!



  • 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
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Your nerves could still be waking up from being compressed so long. I remember waking up in the post op recovery and my leg was KILLING me, i was told the nerves were waking up
  • You will go through a lot of changes over the next 6-12 months.

    The hardest thing is to not let it get to you mentally and let your body heal. Nerves heal slowly. I can barely tell changes from week to week now, but I can tell some improvements. Keep walking often; that helps break up the scar tissue.
    L5-S1 herniation (10mm), April 2013

    Lumbar Laminectomy May 1st 2013

    Lumbar Laminectomy April 18th 2016

  • I went back to my surgeon last week. He said give it time he thinks its from the scar tissue they cleaned out compressing my nerves. He put me on a 2nd round of Steroids and I see him again on Wednesday he will put me on Neurontin then and start me on PT. I've taken Neurontin in the past 1800mg/day for migranes but stopped a few years back.
    Im still in a decent amount of pain but Ive been good about doing my walking every day. Left leg still numb, but I will be patient and hope it goes away.
    Thanks for the replies. I appreciate it.
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