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Post Op L5-S1

stevenschsstevensch Posts: 3
edited 03/07/2015 - 8:02 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Guys,

Basically I had been experiencing very bad sciatica since april 2014, I am 19 years old which sucks big time, as I basically cant have a life. I went to the doctors and they thought it was nothing, and then ended up being a big ruptured discs (L5-S1). I tried every medication there was, physio you name it, and they ordered another MRI scan and said the best option was surgery. Luckily the sciatica settled down around 2 months ago, but still when I was walking around for roughly 10 minutes, I was getting awful pain hips downwards, as if id been standing on my feet all day, I just ached like hell and it was horrible.

So I had my surgery 3 days ago, but the sciatica has come back so bad. I know its early days and the nerve obviously has to have time to recover etc, but I'm finding the pain is just constant, as before it was only when I put pressure on my left leg, where as now, I am just laying in bed and right this second I can feel it in my left leg. My surgeon did say that the nerve was compressed more than she had anticipated, so I know this could be a factor. I guess its just a worry as its a feeling you do not expect to feel, I was so excited to getting my life back! I woke up and had no pain in the leg, but obviously the day after, I started to get it and hasn't gone away.
As to the hip downwards pain, I can't comment on as I haven't been on my feet longer than 10 mins. However I do keep getting weird tingly sensations around the lower area by the wound. Is this normal?

If anybody has had any similar experiences I would love to know!
Thanks :)


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