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Definition of "nerve needs to calm down"?

seansmomsseansmom Posts: 10
edited 08/02/2015 - 6:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I'm new to the forum and am 4 weeks post op microdiscectomy l5-s1. I had a very large herniation. I read the post about how long pain can last post op, but my doctor was rushed the day that I saw him and used the term, "the nerve is calming down". I've had little electrical pulses, small twinges of pain that is supposedly normal per my doctor. I know that my nerve was compressed, but I assumed that when the disc was off, it would take awhile to come back to life, but I don't quite know the medical logistics of a nerve calming.


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  • I also had an microdiscectomy 4 weeks ago, but i also had a laminectomy added to the mix. I am still in pain. How is your pain? What are you able to do? Are you in PT? Maybe we can keep in touch and share our progress in terms of trying to heal. Anyone else out there want to share their recovery progress?
  • emma777 said:
    I also had an microdiscectomy 4 weeks ago, but i also had a laminectomy added to the mix. I am still in pain. How is your pain? What are you able to do? Are you in PT? Maybe we can keep in touch and share our progress in terms of trying to heal. Anyone else out there want to share their recovery progress?
    I had a laminectomy, too. I had the return of the pain in the back of my thigh that I had pre-op, but not as severe as it was then. When this all started, I had back pain and "heaviness in back of thigh". I had 2 ESI and had relief with only flare ups that would mend with bedrest and a heating pad. About 4 mths ago, I started with nerve pain in the back of my thigh, but it lasted and never let up. I had an MRI which indicated a huge herniation at l5-s1. I went to PT which just inflamed my nerve more, I think. I began to have burning in my heel and tingling in my leg. My doctor fast-tracked my surgery. I am currently in back brace and have 2 more weeks left for that. I'm terrified of being out of the brace b/c I have weakened muscles and I know the brace will make my already weak muscles worse, but I'm nervous to re-herniate.
    I get nerve twitches and spasms, any given day. Today, is a good day, but tonight could be bad. My pain and spasms tend to come at night and is causing insomnia.

    How are you feeling?
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