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Recovery from second microD on L3-4,4-5

Hi all, i m 29 and herniated L4-5 and L3-4 in the end of 2008 and undergone microD in July 2009 for d pain radiating in right leg for 9 months and left for 2 months. Post Op, pain was completely gone and numbness in right leg took almost 6 months to wade off completely. Before surgery, there was not much considerable leg pain but still gone for surgery as the pain starts with any strenuous activity.

After 5 yrs, in this April, suddenly started having pain on the right leg and was unable to move from the bed. Doctor informed of recurrent herniation and put on pain killers for 3 weeks but there was no reduction in pain and later MRI revealed recurrent herniation in both the levels but the pain is only on right leg. Tried different treatments like DD traction, prolotherapy but nothing worked. Went for surgery on 25th June'14 with microD at L4-5 and midline decompression and discectomy at L3-4. Post OP, pain was less and started feeling improvement. After 2 weeks, suture was removed and pain killer medication was stopped and from there on, started to have pain in the hip and on the leg. Now I m in 4th week but the pain in leg starts after walking for 15 mins but it goes off on lying down in bed. No pain medication is taken now and the pain is less compare to the pre surgery pain but still worrying on the continuing pain.

Is this normal and how long will it take to get cure completely. Read many blogs but most of it says only the numbness remains but the pain goes off but in my case, both are still there. Also, i always end up comparing my first surgery where I had a perfect recovery but the pain before surgery was also less then.

In addition to this, MRI also states that there is herniation in L2-3, D4-5,5-6,6-7. Is it to be worried cos I do not have any symptoms for those herniations right now.


  • I wouldn't be too concerned about the other herniations if you're not symptomatic. Nerves take a long time to heal so it is still too early to determine if the surgery was successful or not. That's great that your pain has improved from prior to surgery. Just give it time and follow your post op instructions carefully. I hope you continue to see improvements!

    Progressive DDD
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • and then settle down on it's own. It is far too soon in your recovery to worry about it not going away.
    Just follow the post op restrictions and limitations given to you by your surgeon and you should see improvement as time goes on.
    Slow and steady wins the race of spine surgery recovery.
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