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2 weeks post discectomy

Hi all-
I wanted to start by saying than you to all of you who have posted and responded to each other in such detail; this site was a wealth of information as I decided to have surgery and has become more of a help in post-op.

My story, in summary, is a fairly large l5/s1 right sided disc extrusion from a sports training accident that caused moderate to severe right sided sciatica from Dec. '12 to Aug. '13. Pre op, I tried all consevative therapies from bed rest to prednizone to pt to home core programs to acupuncture to epidural injections....all for naught. Any symptomatic progress quickly regressed. So, on Aug. 16 I elected to have discectomy surgery.

Initially, I thought the surgery had been a godsend. I was feeling much better and walking two to three times a day for upwards of 30 minutes a walk. I thought I was well on my way to being back at work ahead of schedule. Then, day 6 happened. I awoke and felt worse sciatica than I had at any time during my period of dealing with my herniation. I called my doctor and received a short course of prednizone to try to take the inflammation down but progress had been nil. I'm terrified I reherniated the disk and will require more surgery, but I also understand that nerve inflammation is a by-product of the procedure itself. My sciatica presents differently than pre-op....I'm more comfortable sitting that I was before surgery, which to my layman's mind is an encouraging sign...if the injury were the same as before the pain would present in the same way??

Anyway, I know that none of this is new to anyone on here but I just wanted to get anyone's advice with dealing with post-op flare ups and recovery time.




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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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