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Back pain that won't leave

I have posted a few times over the past week and am looking for others with similar issues. I would like some positive feedback to help with this healing process.
I had a L3-4 microdiscectomy on May 7, 2013. Mostly because I had a piece of disc lodged in my L 4 nerve root. The surgeon successfully removed it, although it had been there from December to May! Misread MRI initially.
I recently was having some recurrent leg pain and numbness and low back pain. I had a repeat MRI which is normal! I sure don't feel normal. The surgeon said he was not concerned about the numbness and 40% of people have this even one year after surgery.

Will these symptoms go away one day? Do I have this to look forward to?
Also what helps? Heat, ice? Any suggestions?


  • I have had a few back surgeries. A lot of the numbness goes away. I can say from my own personal experiences that the numbness in my left foot has been there since 2008. The numbness in my left leg has disappeared quite a bit. It takes a while for nerves to heal. Be patient.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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