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Asymptomatic Reherniation

Suryoyo83SSuryoyo83 Posts: 5
Hello. I'm a 31 y/o male. Active duty military, currently a full time student also.

Been suffering on/off for about 12 years with a herniated disc (majority of the 12 yrs it was asymptomatic. Finally on Thanksgiving 2014, it got to the point where the nerve pain was unbeatable, and I had weakness/numbness in my left foot/calf (pretty severe limp in my walk). Had a micro D on 2 Jan 15.

Procedure seemed to have gone well (I say "seemed" because my surgeon isn't the most vocal guy; didn't even follow up with me in the recovery room to say how it went, or provide me with next steps re: recovery).

Here's my huge concern. Ive been very careful not to bend, lift or twist, however at the three-week mark, my one year old child fell while playing under the table. I was the only one around, so like any parent, I bent down and awkwardly extended my body under the table. The action itself didn't bother me too much, but I felt it a bit the next day.

Even though the action didn't send me screaming, my biggest concern is asymptomatic reherniation. I cannot afford future recurrence (I'd seriously risk being kicked out of the military, and law school).

What are the odds of reherniation, based on what ive reported--been otherwise careful to follow the BLT rule, but might i have blown the surgeon's work based on this one stupid event?

To make matters worse , the next morning, I lightly wrestled with my 3 y/o daughter without thinking. Feeling it today.


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  • shortfuse5691sshortfuse5691 Posts: 407
    edited 01/27/2015 - 3:46 PM
    Breath and relax you could just be experiencing normal healing pains. As long as the pain is better then the pain before surgery then that's progress!! My back hurts to this day but it's not radiating down my legs like it did. It hurts less though. If it gets to the pre-surgery pain discuss this at post-op.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
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