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L1, S5 4 weeks post op

mcdkara2222mmcdkara2222 Posts: 1
edited 06/14/2015 - 10:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, I've been reading some post on post op l5, S1 discectomy. I'm 4 weeks out. I was doing very well but the other day started to have some pain, nothing like before the surgery. Before surgery I had awful sciatica down my right leg...worst pain I've ever had. I had numbness and tingling on my right side of my right foot. And I also had calf tightness that felt like a fist was in my calf. The sciatica went from back down buttocks to the toes but most pain was back of thigh...awful...
I am now having slight pain in back of thigh and the tightness in the calf again. I'm do scared this will come back, especially after reading these posts. My twin sister had same surgery last year and now this year just had her spine fused...I don't want that. I am a nurse, I went back to work two days and can't go back again it's too demanding. I went back k two weeks early ama because I felt great. Bad idea. I never want to go back k to nursing again. I'm depressed as heck because I can't ride my bike or do any exersize and I am gaining weight in my belly which isn't good for my core.
I am hoping it's just inflammation. I am now taking ibuprofen and heat and ice as well as resting more. I am 42 years old and was active before this but afraid to damage anything now. Has anyone had good results?
kara from Philadelphia

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  • I am 8 weeks post op from micro at L4-L5 and L5-S1. The first month was tough but it should get better. I had to have a steroid dose pack and that helped my inflammation greatly. Like you, I went back to work too early and all the sitting started causing me problems so I took time off and got in to physical therapy.
    We are all different and healing rates vary, but don't lose a positive attitude. I know its hard not to but I've been in the same boat you are and if you get down, it will drag your recovery down too. Please stay focused and be patient. I'm the most impatient person there is and I'm learning that at 44 years old, I'm not the guy I once was and I don't heal like I used to. But I know I won't give up no matter what happens and I'll put in the time and effort it takes to get better. I'm going for my walk in a few minutes in 96 degree heat because I need to get my miles in. Get with your doctor and let them guide you through recovery. Don't give up and give in to the bad days no matter how frequent they are. Follow the path in front of you. You may not know what is around the corner but just know their is an end to get to. Don't quit when you are tired or depressed, quit when you are done! You can get through this!
    L4-L5 discectomy 1990
    L4-L5/L5-S1 microdiscectomy 2015
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