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Ongoing pain nearly one year after Microdisectomy l4, l5 s1.

cursaiccursai Posts: 1
edited 08/11/2014 - 8:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone,
last November i had a lumbar microdisectomy on my L4, L5 S1 vertebrae. Steroid injections didn't work previously.
I continue to have pain through my left leg and burning pain through my top three toes. Sciatica comes and goes depending on how i turn or bend. Pain is there 50% of the time including on and off quick spasms at my pelvis when sitting too long.
I also had a couple of incidents of bad burning pain in my lower back. Followed by slight numbness in my buttock region. NO incontinence.
Thoraic referred? pain on and off as well.
Overall an improvement to where i was pre Microdisectomy.
Recent MRi in april showed NO nerve impingement and a slight shrinkage of the protruding discs.
Doing regular twice monthly physio and at home exercises.

Im starting to worry its permanent or its another issue. Doctor says i should have improved by now. Might be an inflamed nerve.

Has anybody had any experiences like this? And what were the outcomes. There is no improvement in the pain in the last six months.


  • Hi guys, ok so I had discectmy 2 year ago on lumbar spine after 12 months horrific nerve and leg pain. It was a total success and I'm back to normal . I then became pregnant and during pregnancy I had awful neck pain and arm pain twinges. However with being pregnant I couldn't have an MRI so had to wait. The pain subsided for a while. It then returned when my baby was 6 weeks old. It was horrendous, the pain was unbearable but I saw the neuro surgeon n he suggested and MRI, which showed a prolapse disc at c6/7 I knew it was I could tell the pain... Anyway he offered surgery but I declined as I had a new Borland she was my priority. Since then ( my baby is nearly 2) I have had 4 flare ups of the neck pain arm pain numbness optical headaches, and I saw surgeon beginning of July, after another awful flare up. Hands numb durning the night etc, we discussed an acdf and he put me on his list for surgery, I got a letter to confirm it all and just told to wait until I was informed of a date for surgery. The week after I received another letter off his stating he has looked at my scan again, and feels surgery wouldn't benefit me?? I'm totally gutted and lost, he says surgery is necessary in one breath the in another says it won't help?? How can the scan change surely he can't change his mind... Please advise me guys.. I'm all geared up for surgery
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