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Post op pain

Am89187AAm89187 Posts: 1
edited 03/05/2015 - 8:55 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi guys. Just had a microdiscectomy on my L5/S1 ( I think that's the right level) )

I'm just over 4 weeks post op and I'm suffering from nerve pain again :-( it's going down my glute, hamstring and ocasionally down to my caff..

Directly after the op the nerve pain was gone, think this is partially down to the morphine... For the first 2 weeks post op my back was great and I had no never pain at all..

I then moved back home after 2 weeks post op (stayed at my aunties directly after op) and the nerve pain started again. Not sure what to do. Haven't been walking and doing as much rehab as I should but haven't done anything to cause this pain to start again...

What's the chances of me reherniating? I have an app in 2 weeks with my neurosurgeon and I'm going to request another MRI scan


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  • I had basically the same symptoms at 5 weeks post op. ended up havin a TLIF fusion 60 days from my discectomy due to reherniated disc. Talk to your doc and listen to your body
  • I know you're going to hate hearing this. But be patient. Ya I hated saying it too :) I am 8 weeks post op from artificial disk replacement and still dealing with pains. I dont know about you but I bout into what my surgeon was selling and thought I'd be back to normal in 2-3 weeks. So when I wasnt I started a slow decline into a funk aka depression. But after talking with people who have had similar surgery's here on the forum and in person, I dont feel to bad. Everyones body is different, so try not to buy into any hype on how soon your "suppose" to recover. Listen to your body, and work close with your surgeon. I can also add that whats helped me is working closely with my pain management doctor. I found they are a bit more compassionate then my surgeon.

    Hope this helps
  • I'm 3 months post op and still having pain. Its not as bad as it was but uncomfortable nontheless. Patience and persistence is the key. Rest a lot and keep walking. It does get better. Slowly and in its own time. Stay positive.
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