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pain and numbness after microD surgery

Hi all-

I had microD on l4-l5 1/28/14. I am still having some leg pain and numbness in my foot. Is this normal? I guess I expected to be pain free after surgery which was my mistake. I am 30 and shouldn't have this much trouble with my back!! I also have a small heriniation l5-s1. My dr said he didn't want to operate on that one too, but now I'm wondering if this is the cause of the pain I'm in now. Does anyone have any advise or like experiences they could share? Thx


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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Had a microdiscectomy ( L5/S1).... surgeon said no surprises but it was an ugly mess, same date as you..... So this is week 2 recovery. Week 1 I was laying on my sides in bed mostly and walking a little more each day. This week pretty much on my feet all day/ walking ( haven't left the house yet)....the last 3 days no naps or laying down, just layi/ lean on my side on the sofa if I get tired of standing.
    In terms of pain and other symptoms.... As of now I get pains in the end of my butt where it meets my leg, at first it was dull on and both sides today it was more intense and on he right only. I was also under the impression that pain as a result of the herniation would pretty much be gone immediately.... Most of it is except that. Groin & pelvis pain, sciatica seems to be gone. The numbness I have all the way down my right side, butt to foot and left butt, is still there, and I was told that could take months. My disc was ruptured so that fluid took a toll on the nerves I'm sure. I get little spasms in my low back that I didn't have before, but I think I'm dong too much too fast and wearing myself out....tired muscles that are trying to heal.
    I think we all are looking for consistent progression, but I think we'll hit some plateaus along the way. Good luck, I hope you heal well so you can strengthen your core to avoid further injury to your other disc.
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