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Post op discectomy L4/5 and laminectomy spinal stenosis

Hi, I'm new to the forum and hoping for some advice and support.

Am now 7 weeks post op after a year of progressive deterioration and misdiagnosis was eventually diagnosed after MRI with two prolapsed discs and spinal stenosis and referred for urgent surgery.

My right leg is 85% improved :-). My left leg, although initially seemed improved post surgery, for the last couple of weeks has deteriorated and numbness and pins and needles returned from the knee down to my toes. The pain on walking in my thigh is intense and is worrying me. I know the recovery period is several months and that I need to walk 2-3 times a day, but it is actually getting harder to walk as the pain is so intense, I do however try to keep going. Any advice is very welcome.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 09/11/2013 - 8:58 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • When do you return to the surgeon? It could be that the nerves are starting to recover, and that may explain the increased pain and numbness pain but it could also be more serious , such as a blood clot or something else. Do you have heat or feeling of hotness in the leg? Are you walking? It is truly important that you walk, as much as possible, as often as possible during the acute post op period because the sedentary actions could make a clot more likely.
    If I were you, I would call the surgeon and let him know.
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