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Post Surgery advice please

HensonandbedgesHHensonandbedges Posts: 1
edited 06/15/2015 - 9:44 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, I've suffered with lower back pain for a number of years, and 2 months ago I opted for a Discectomy for a disc showing a bulge. I'd had the symptoms for over a year, and after wasting my time with my GP throwing medication and weight related judgments at me, I kicked in my private healthcare.

The op seemed to go well, however Whilst I experience stiffness in my back, the main issue is in fact the pressure on the sciatic nerve down my left leg, causing numbness and pain. It's usually fine sitting down, it's mainly brought on by walking or standing for a few minutes.

Post op, I've been building up to walking, driving etc and have recently started Physio , mainly working with a back block.

However 2 months down the line, I've very little relief from my pre op symptoms. im worrying that the surgery hasn't worked, and don't know whether I'm being impatient or that's the reality.

Has anyone had similar experiences? Or frustrations or have any advice? I'm so fed up with being so immobile, and with a 1 year old daughter this isn't something I can continue with!!!

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  • It may take some time for the nerve pain to settle down again. Nerves recover at a notoriously slow rate, so you may want to discuss nerve pain medications with your doctor.

  • I am only 3 weeks out of ALIF surgery and I still have numbness and tingling in my left foot at times. My surgeon has reassured me that this is just the nerve still healing after months of compression and that they heal very slow and could take 3-6 months for the tingly feeling to completely subside. It is no where near as intense as before surgery and does get better. I do notice if I over do it that the tingling increases and I have to remind myself to slow down. All in all I feel way better than I did pre surgery already and hope that it continues to get better. Good luck!
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