Since having 3 microdiscectomies, 2 at the same level, I battle some low back pain. It aches if I sit for long periods, stand still for long periods (standing is still better than sitting) and feels better when I move. Most of the discomfort is below the surgery levels, right above my bottom and also including the higher part of my glutes. It's a combo of aching and pressure. I pushed myself yesterday sitting too long and also felt my glutes and low back muscles tightening, attempting to spasm.
QUESTIONS: Anybody else get most of their pain below the surgery level? Could someone reiterate why the pain is below the surgery level?
I did experience some of this pre op, but the reason for each of my surgeries was severe sciatica. Post op of surgery #1 I only experienced this within the 8 week recovery period. Post op surgery #2 I experienced this pain for nearly a year with some time (usually a week, maybe 2 at a time) with very limited pain that surfaced ~2 to 3 days a week. I must note that I did not allow myself an actual recovery period post op because I was trying to not fall behind in college. I really pushed myself so I know that played a role. It was not until 1 year and 4 months post op from surgery #2 that I had 100% relief from this pain when I had an ESI. I reherniated L4-L5 also and had sciatica so that was the main reason to get the ESI. It also got rid of the back pain though. I had a PT do myofascial release on the area and that helped too.
I am now 2 weeks post op from my redo micro d at L4-L5 and am trying to fight off this pain. I can sit anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour right now before getting this pain. Once I experience it it tends to hang around for the day unless I lay with my legs up for an extended period of time. I understand recovery could be very long- I took the semester off school and work so I can recover however I choose. I am also aware that the pain may never go away due to my number of surgeries. My discs are just not as supportive- my surgeon explained that.
25 years old: Herniated L4-L5, L5-S1 December 2008. L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2010. L5-S1 microdiscectomy March 2012. Redo L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2013. Redo microdiscectomy Oct 2015.