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6 weeks post Micro-D surgery and having very bad pain in hips


I was doing well until about 3 weeks post surgery. Minor sciatica flareups here and there but nothing bad. My neuro-surgeon had warned me about those flareups so nothing alarming. Throughout my sciatica experience pre-surgery I have only had right leg pain. Never had any hip pain or sacro-illiac joint pain. However, now 3rd week post-op, I actually started a new pain in my pelvis and edges of the sacroiliac joint to the point where I could not even walk from my bed to the bathroom without holding on to the counter top or door handles and such. It was like a pelvic lock. if I moved, I would get spasms that went up my spine and also pain that went down my but and right thigh a bit. It would easen up a bit during the day but would be usually worst during the mornings. Also noticed that it was extremely painful to sleep in the night. I would feel like I am sleeping on a cement slab and that area in the very lower back (just top of pelvis) is rubbing against a cement block and extreme pain. This episode would keep me awake at night. Changing positions from back to side or side to back was a huge agony. I learnt how to stay on my back all night. Because symptom of pelvic lock was aggravated when sleeping on my side. Like the mornings I woke up when I had slept on my side would be extraordinarily painful. I have even had to get back in bed once I was in standing position because of tremendous pain in my sides radiating in my pelvis.

I would say this symptom was a 10/10 on pain scale where as the pre-op sciatica was only a 6 or a 7.

I went to my pain management specialist in Staten Island, she was initially going to administer a sacroiliac joint injection. But she was stumped when she saw my entire pelvis shifted to the right and also worried that the pain was going down my right butt and leg. She and my neurosurgeon from Manhattan discussed and came to the conclusion that they needed a new MRI. So, now I have an MRI. We are going to discuss on monday what the next steps are. But preliminary analysis indicates that there may be a fluid build-up in the cavity of the disc itself.

I will attend my doctor's appointments tomorrow and post what the decision is. However, if other folks have experienced similar things please reply and help alleviate my spirits.


  • I hope that you get the answers you are looking for today.
  • I came back from the surgeon. Does not look like I reherniated. There is a little fluid in the back but that is normal surgical fluid. It is not a CSF leak or infection - the doctor said. He mentioned that I may have my sacro-illiac joints inflammed. That is why I am having those painful symptoms. So he advised I should get the SI joint pain management injection. I immediately got them and I feel a little better today. I will keep you posted.
  • Richmond_TigersRRichmond_Tigers Posts: 16
    edited 01/20/2014 - 10:57 PM
    G'day ak3,

    I am 10 weeks post L5/S1 microdiscectomy and am having very similar symptoms to you. I also can't sit or walk for very long and my pelvis is shifted to the left like with you. I haven't had an MRI yet am scared I've reherniated. I haven't been given the ok for pt yet either because I can't do anything. It seems as though I'm just lying in my bed 24/7 with pain. Everybody at home keeps telling how crooked my pelvis looks.

    How are you feeling ?
    L5/S1 Microdiscectomy for large herniation on 9/11/2013
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