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AZguy88AAZguy88 Posts: 1
edited 03/18/2015 - 9:43 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I am a 27yo male who had a very bad L4-L5 herniated disc, I just underwent an L4-L5 micro discectomy 6 days ago. I've been icing my back and trying to take walks every hour but I have developed a very bad pain/ possible muscle spasm in my right buttock. The pain is excruciating and at times feels like my right leg will give out. The pain itself alleviates once I sit or lay down or let it pass but I want to know if this is normal and if this is something that I am praying to God will go away. I had similar pain prior to surgery but nothing to this extent, most of the pain was centered on my lower back which that pain has completely alleviated. I just would like some input if anyone has been in the same situation as myself.




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  • 6 days post op? You should be taking it really easy. If you're hurting, rest. Listen to your body. When it's ready, it'll let you get more active. (Speaking from experience of exactly the same op at the same level )

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • Walking every hour on the hour 7 days post op.. Take a easy my man. You need to allow your body some time to rest. Also, because your body is recovering from a very traumatic surgery, it will go through alot of phases. I wouldnt be in a position to say if thats normal or not. An none of us could without being a doctor, as all of our bodies will respond differently. I would suggest a pain note book and keep notes daily of what you're going through and bring it to your first post op appt, and see what your surgeon says
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