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Please give me some advice - in need of someone to talk to about my recent back problems

Hi everyone,

I'm currently 20 years old, about 5 1/2 months post OP a microdiscectomy. I previously had a herniated disc in my lower back L4/L5, with a pinched nerve that affected my right leg all the way down to my right ankle. The most pain was in my right calf. After the microdiscectomy, I was doing great and moved on with my college life. Recently 2 weeks ago, I developed pain in my lower back and that pain started to shift into my left side. When I go to bed, the pain is really bothering me in my left buttock, but when I wake up, the pain is back up in my low back and is tolerable. Its uncomfortable to sit through all my classes again, which is sad after all my progress. Of course, after going through everything I did this past summer with the surgery, I panicked and assumed it was a reherination. I see my doctor on Friday for his opinion, but I was hoping to hear from you guys. Do you think it could be a reherniated disc? Or maybe something else? It doesn't seem to be acting the same as it did with my previous herniation. I feel like at my age, I would have to do something drastic to reherniate it, but I've been so careful these past few months to protect my back. This is starting to really bring me down and I'm very scared. Would you recommend me getting a second microdiscectomy if its a reherniation? Thanks for your feedback.


No one is qualified to tell you whether this might be a reherniation or not, or if you should have surgery if it is. That needs to be determined by your physician, as well as any need for further surgery.
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