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Symptoms after Microdiscectomy...should I be concerned?

kennyboy24kkennyboy24 Posts: 1
edited 07/29/2015 - 4:33 AM in Recovering from Surgery
So in September 2014, i suffered a massive disc herniation at L4/L5. My doctor said it was a really bad one and surgery was the only way to fix it. The herniation was pure agony. I couldn't walk at all. Not to mention both of my legs were numb.

I wanted to explore all my treatment options before immediately doing surgery. However, eventually I realized that a microdiscectomy was the only option for me. I ended up getting the surgery two months later in November.

It's been 9 months since surgery but I still have numbness in my left leg. It's mostly in my foot and up the side of my leg. I was told to give it a year before the nerve heals. However, I'm fairly certain it's permanent.

However, my real concern is the numbness seems to be getting worse all of a sudden. I've also had pain in my buttocks and pain in my leg. My knee also pops as I walk. I'm worried I reherinated my disk or a different one. However, the pain in my leg and butt is intermittent and I don't really have too much back pain at all. And I don't have drop foot again because I can still stand on the bawls of my feet and on my tippy toes. So, there's no weakness in my legs. So, I'm not sure what's happening.

There's also a tightness in the middle of my back. Though, I'm not sure if that's related or not. It's somewhere in the cervical/thoraric.

Should I be concerned? Or is this normal?

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • I would consult a physiotherapist whos knowledgable in nervous system therapy. i was given some great exercises to do at home that helped relieve scar tissue pressure on my nerves. That "could" be your problem. Im not a doctor, so dont take my word as fact, im just letting you know what got me past those symptoms. Good luck!
  • Hi,

    I'm only 5wks post op L5-S1 discectomy/lami for a huge herniation. I have a friend who underwent the same sx at same levels. She said it took up to a year and she still gets occasional twinges. She re-herniated at 2 wks and had a revision. She feels great.

    My doctor said that is takes a long time for nerve to heal. I'm still praying that my nerve pain is just the nerves waking up, but as much as I'm trying to prepare for the possibility for permanent damage, it's hard to mentally prepare for that. I'm not giving up hope. From what I've read here, the nerves are tricky and this could just be more settling of them, or maybe you have inflamed them. I would get an MRI, just to give you peace of mind an err on the side of caution.

    Keep us posted and I pray we all get relief....
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