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MRI 6 weeks post op L5-S1

gizzyqueggizzyque Posts: 1
edited 02/20/2015 - 5:46 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had a lumbar microdiscectomy for a herniated disc at the L5-S1 disc on December 18th 2015 and I am 8 weeks post op. I am a body builder and my life revolves around the gym so having this happen was a major bummer. Up until 2 weeks post op I felt great, no pain and NO radicular pain down the left leg. I was taking it super easy. Until about 3 weeks post op I got out of a chair rather quickly and started to slightly feel some pain after that and for the next few weeks that pain grew more and more. I revisited my surgeon and got another MRI at 6 weeks post op and I got the images and took them home and looked at them before he could tell me what was wrong if anything. I can tell you that when I saw those images I nearly cried because the disc was bulging to the point it looked like it was re herniated. But my surgeon said everything looks great and no re herniation just some slight bulging. He tells me I am just feeling pain from the nerve memory but I can't help but object to his opinion because I felt fine up until I got out of my chair to quickly at 3 weeks out. Basically I am trying to reach out and see if anybody has any opinions on if I should go get a second opinion or not because I am sick of having pain even if it's not as bad as before surgery. My career depends on being able to have full function of my body. I have picture of my recent MRI that I can email to anybody interested at taking a look at them to tell me whether I need to go get a second opinion because like I said my surgeon tells me it is normal but it looks anything but normal. Thank you guys so much and I will post an update after I see my physical therapist next week.

My email is: cody@c2fitness.co


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  • id say to et a second opinion. did u tell him your disc looks bulged? what did the mri reports say?
  • Hey, I'm 9 weeks out and had MRI. Amongst other things MRI showed disc bulge of op site, physio saying this is ok as the disc will never look 'normal' as the disc itself is weak and cannot repair itself to look uniform like a normal disc.

    I think a second opinion is always warranted,especially if your not getting the information you need and even more so if looking at more surgery. It may just provide more treatment options or at least put your mind at ease, every one has their own method.

    I will be seeking another opinion for my own issues.
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