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4 months post Discectomy - Nerve Pain

Hi Guys,

I am 4 months post L4/L5 discectomy. Doing PT once a week and recently started Pilates as recommended by my PT. She also said I was ok to go gym again but to use machines for weight lifting exercises and light weights. Also do cycling, swimming and cross trainer. I went gym yesterday morning and session went well - didn't have any pain however latest night the pain in my right calf appeared - it's more of a burning sensation rather than shooting pain. I'm going to rest all week and see PT next week if it remains however wondering if any has had similar experiences?


  • BGB-

    I've had laminectomies at L3/4 and L4/5, and will be undergoing another job on L4/5 in 1 week. I've had that burning sensation as well. That might be attributed to the nerve healing going on.

    In my case, especially in this upcoming surgery, my back doctor has given me both a pain med and a med for the nerve pain as our bodies recover. There are a few meds for nerve issues, such as Neurontin (gabapentin) and Topamax. I prefer Topamax because I was always hungry when I took Neurontin.

    I like what your PT is doing for you. Even bananas might help with the calf pain. Potassium can help relieve cramping.

    I'm also a proponent of deep tissue massage. It worked wonders for me after my 3 level ACDF. I still go at least once a month. It's my only vice right now.

    Good luck in your healing.

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