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Pain is returning 6 months after lumbar discectomy

emmagroveseemmagroves Posts: 1
edited 04/27/2015 - 7:55 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I had an emergency discectomy at L5-S1 8 months ago. The numbness and weakness in my left leg has been steadily improving and until 6 weeks ago I was completely pain free in my back. However, pain has been slowly returning, as has sciatica. I am currently undergoing physical therapy for a labral tear in my right hip which includes a lot of core and pelvic strengthening. My therapist felt that if my back pain was simply due to an alignment issue or such like the protocol I am currently under would be more than adequate to correct it. She recommended I contacted my neurosurgeon who ordered an MRI with and without contrast. The results came back with nothing of concern and no indication of a relapse. He is going out of town today and not able to see me for two weeks. What could be causing this pain? Has anybody else had a similar experience? I am struggling to bend down and dress myself in my current condition, surely this can't be normal??

Thanks in advance for any advice,


  • Hi Emma. I'm no doctor but my guess is if your mri was OK then it is probably just a result of the pt. Take an anti-inflammatory and ice the area until you can get to see your doc. Just want to add one more thing though be very careful with your pt. I was a surgery success story until my pt caused me to reherniate. If you feel too much discomfort stop even if the therapist wants you to push through it or challenge you more. I have not been so lucky after my second surgery and would never wish the same fate on another. Hopefully this hiccup will pass soon for you!
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