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Dcullen62DDcullen62 Posts: 6
edited 01/16/2014 - 4:45 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Can anyone help me understand what I should be feeling regards post op surgery for L5-S1 MD I had left leg pain
And didn't sleep in a bed for 4 months from the pain I am now pain free but have twinges and some tingling my right buttock is tender which it wasn't before (is this normal) because I had no health insurance I paid for the op myself I really need it to work as I cannot afford another one also my hands get numb ( is that normal) thank you in advance for any advice you can give me. I am 5 days since surgery.
Danny L5-S1 MD


  • After my L5-S1 m.d., I was wracked with pain. I mean it was bad! It was as bad if not worse than before. Standing was impossible and I thought the worst thoughts. After about a month of bedridden suffering, I called and asked to come in. They had me come in and shot me up with a ESI right into where they operated. A week later I was pain-free and moving around with no problem.

    Recovery can be weird.

    About the numb hands, have you had an MRI on your cervical and thoracic spine or wrists?
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • Dcullen62DDcullen62 Posts: 6
    edited 01/16/2014 - 6:13 PM
    Thanks for the reply I have had no MRI on any other discs bar the lower region I can live with a numb left hand and arm as I have full strength in it I was perfect before surgery I thought maybe it's a side effect from the GA as this was my first surgery. I am not in pain much in the back it's just tender in the buttock and the numb legs but reading here it's hard to judge what's normal because every case is different which is strange because we all go thru hell before the op you would we would all have a simallar outcome
    Danny L5-S1 MD
  • Dcullen62DDcullen62 Posts: 6
    edited 01/16/2014 - 6:19 PM
    I just looked at the spine pics online and if this numb is from my neck will be staying lol my dad is having surgery to fix his problem and they go thru the front of your neck to repair it it was so tough getting the strength for this op I don't think I could go thru it again for a long time.
    Danny L5-S1 MD
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  • I too suffer from lower back/leg/foot pain. I saw my Surgeon on 12/31 to schedule a fusion of L5-S1 after having a MD in June. I told him I was having some numbness/tingling in my hands and fingers ( it doesn't bother me a whole lot though). After having a cervical MRI performed it was discovered that my C6-7 is so severely herniated that it is compressing my spinal cord so bad that if I were to have just a minor fall or slight rear end car accident I risk paralysis.

    Needless to say, I'm having that situation taken care of before my lumbar.

    It would probably be best if you do mention these symptoms with your Dr. It would be detrimental if something terrible happens to you. Best of luck.
    Herniation of l5 S1 l4 , DDD , microdisectomy in June 2013 and re herniation in September
    Cervical herniation at C5-7 Jan 2014 with impingement of spinal cord. 2 level cervical fusion Feb. 2014 and 2 level lumbar fusion in April 2014
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