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Pain after L5/S1 Microdiscectomy

Grace1994Grace1994 Posts: 1
edited 07/22/2013 - 5:12 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I am an 18 year old female 5 weeks post surgery. I injured my back July of 2009 (14 years old). Of course doctors did not believe I was really in pain because of my age so nobody took me seriously until last year when I found an Orthopedic surgeon. I had a large central herniation with bone spurs causing pain down the left side of my butt, hip, back of my leg and foot. After the surgery I didn't have any leg pain at all. A couple weeks ago I had a couple sharp pains in the butt but nothing too serious. Now my hip is almost constantly in pain. I can't put any kind of pressure on it. For example sitting down or laying on my hip causes a lot of pain. I'm also having pain in my calf. I can't get my leg straight without a good amount of pain. I was diagnosed with mild congenital stenosis a few years ago but nobody has ever acted like that could be causing me any pain. I have also been having pain in my upper back and my pinky finger keep going numb. I was wondering if anybody had any ideas of what could be causing the pain. I know the nerve might just be "angry" but I'm scared of re-herniation and needing more surgery. Any input would be helpful!!


  • Since you are only 5 weeks post surgery, I would call you surgeon and make a follow up appt. could be the angry nerve thing, but he could better determine that. At least get some pain meds to deal with it in the mean time.
    CA Wife and Mom, 55, L5-S1 Microdiscectomy on 7/12/13
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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