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5 Days after MD and foot pain still there - anyone had similar problem ?

For the last year I have had the most appalling pain on the sole/arch of my right foot. Numerous foot specialists could not find anything wrong with the foot itself and referred me to a neurologist . He did a lumbar MRI and found a herniated disc was pressing on the L5 S1 nerves. I had a series of four nerve blocks and steroid injections into the nerve and two of these relieved the pain completely and one partially. This convinced the doctors that a Microdiscectomy would fix the foot pain once and for all. I had it five days ago and the foot pain is still there at the same level ( a 7-8 out of 10). Obviously I am very discouraged as I had understood that the surgery usually relieves radicular pain immediately. Has anyone else had experience of 1) JUST foot pain ( no back pain , no leg pain) from a L5,S1 problem ? And if so , did a MD help it ? ( and if do how long did it take ?)
Sorry for all the questions !


  • Op for several days ,weeks or months. The length of time that the nerve roots were compressed prior to surgery, has a lot to do with it. The good news is that as suddenly as it appeared, it can also disappear.
    There are medications commonly used to treat nerve pain that might help while you recover, gabapentin, Lyrica and cymbalta are just a few that ease nerve pain.

  • My main complaint before getting my microdiscectomy was foot pain. I had a lot of numbness in my leg also, but my foot pain was the worst. It felt like somebody dropped a brick on my foot, and it would have been SO confusing if I hadn't known about nerve pain from my cervical problems.
    I am almost 3 weeks post-op and still have foot pain. It's not as bad as before, but it's definitely there. Everyone I have talked to, including my surgeon, said it could take weeks or months for the pain to go away. And if you were suffering for a long time, it is more likely to take longer to go away, if it ever does completely.
    I have a thread about my experience in detail under the "recovering from surgery" topic, feel free to read my whole story there if you are interested.
    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
  • I have had foot pain for about 9 months now. It's been a long journey. I explored tendons, peripheral nerve entrapment, but latest electrodiagnostics points to L4/L5 issues. My MRI is generally clean which confuses me even more, and I don't have pain radiating down my leg. I'm thinking it could be piriformis syndrome. The pain is in my buttock and my foot. Just a pinch feeling in my buttock, but burning pain and stiffness in my foot. I'm on gabapentin, so I can function. It helps a bit, but my anxiety of the injury is controlling me. I have been told to stop seeing doctors and start stretching and do yoga. When does one know when it's time for injections or surgery?
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