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Sciatica pain changed legs and started in "good" leg 4 weeks after discectomy/laminectomy

Hello! I had a discectomy & laminectomy four weeks ago today and aside from some little tweaks I was finally just starting to feel a bit better. I still have a great deal of swelling around my incision which causes quite a bit of discomfort and also causes extra pressure on the nerves, but the nurse I spoke with a nurse on the phone and she isn't worried about any infections because I don't have a temperature and the wound is healing well. my question is why would it be that all of a sudden I am getting tweaks and funny sensations in the opposite leg (the leg that was previously the good one) ? Do you think it could be the swelling? I realize it could be many things but I was just curious if anyone else had experienced this and what their outcome was please.
I just want to say too that my heart goes out to all of you that are also going through any type of back surgery. I can't believe my doctors told me I could have gone back to work in 2 weeks. Get real!


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  • SeattleVeg said:
    I still have a great deal of swelling around my incision which causes quite a bit of discomfort and also causes extra pressure on the nerves......... my question is why would it be that all of a sudden I am getting tweaks and funny sensations in the opposite leg..... Do you think it could be the swelling?
    Yes, definitely. I had severe left leg pain prior to my fusion surgery. After the surgery, my left leg pain was gone, but I started to experience weakness and trembling in both thighs when ever I tried to go for a walk or exercise. I was a little alarmed, and contacted my surgeon. I was told that it is very common for surrounding areas to get bruised during the surgery, and the swelling and inflammation afterwards can also put pressure on nerves. As long as the feelings did not get worse or spread, I shouldn't worry. I was reassured that what I was feeling should clear up with time, but that it could take a while as nerves heal very slowly. I am about 7 weeks out from my surgery, and the sensation of weakness is only now just starting to go away. Give it some time, and it should clear up. If it doesn't, give your Doc a call.

    48 year old freight handler. Bilateral foraminotomy, decompression of nerve roots and reduction of spondylolisthesis at L4-5 with open PILF and autogenous bone graft from left hip - June 13, 2013
  • SeattleVegSSeattleVeg Posts: 3
    edited 09/01/2013 - 1:11 AM
    thanks cam! I apologize greatly for the late reply. I couldn't find my password and for some reason I was not able to reset it until just now after trying for a long while. well I'm so glad to hear things got betteror you also. I'm 9 weeks after a discectomy laminectomy and just the last week I have started to feel like I might just actually get better! Boy oh boy it sure can be a long recovery. I love this form. at first I was just looking around and then finally I had to just asked because I was so nervous and my doctor doesn't really ever give me direct answers, but I also realize that he can't give me any definite answer because as they always say we're all different. well keep up the good progress over there! I hope this message make sense because I'm on my little phone and it's really hard to see what I'm doing .
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