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Sciatica returned upon physical therapy

telebassmanttelebassman Posts: 5
edited 01/17/2015 - 6:05 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
After 8 months of severe pain, I am 5 weeks out of having discectomy on my L4/L5. I was feeling pretty good last week so I started physical therapy and now the sciatica is returning. Pain isn't severe like before but I don't want to irritate it again. Is this normal or should I stop doing the exercises my PT wants me to do? Anyone else have a similar story? It is scary to think this could all be starting over again .


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/17/2015 - 6:07 AM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    up physical therapy, there is going to be some pain. Initially probably more than you were counting on.
    As time progresses, that should stop and you should start to see some positive strides.

    But when In doubt talk this over with your physical therapist. Perhaps the exercise they are having you doing is aggravating something.

    Therapists are not doctors, so they may be overlooking something. Though, as time moves on, all therapists are going to have to have a PhD to practice. Off the subject, sorry, talk it over.

    I have had scores of therapists over the past 35 years, some good, some great, some poor and some very bad. The bad ones whee the ones that figured I was in some sort of boot camp. You know, no pain, no gain. After all they were in perfect shape, so therefore, they were going to make me the same.

    The best therapists are the ones that listen to you.. They get to know your body better than you do,.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thanks! This kind of happened at two weeks too. I won't see the PT until Tuesday so until the I guess I should attempt the exercises.
  • She has me doing piraformis stretches and hamstring stretches... those seem to set it off
  • telebassmanttelebassman Posts: 5
    edited 01/20/2015 - 8:30 PM
    I went back to PT today and my PTchanged my exercises a little. Much better!! Recovery is a roller coaster.
  • PT is definitely helping me recover. I'm six weeks out now and I am finally starting to feel significant benefits of the surgery. However, after scary episodes at 2 weeks and 5 weeks I'm cautiously optimistic.
  • edited 01/27/2015 - 6:45 AM
    what I am learning 7 months after microdisectomy is that there are other nerves and drs don't look closely at this periformis muscle and the affect it can have on the nerve research periformis muscle, is your pain where the sciatica runs or is your pain where other nerves run. Did you have just surgery or have you had epidural injections as well?
    This can't be happening
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