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just had surgery like four weeks ago and i think ive made it worse

syeskeyssyeskey Posts: 1
So as my boyfriend tells me that I work like a man and that's why my back has been pretty much messed up since I was a teenager. Well about in the end of March beginning of April I was starting to get really bad pains down my leg and only the right one. And everyday for three months until I had surgery its been going on. Well to find out I had a herniated disc and it was crushing my sciatic nerve Dr told me that when he went into my lower back and went to remove my disc and pull that sciatic nerve that my nerve was like a guitar string getting ready to snap from pulling the strings too tight.. pretty bad according to the surgeon. But its been four weeks now and I'm still having pains in my leg. Sometimes it feels like the nerve is caught somehow I just dont get it. Or Like a charlie horse is just instantly happening. Is this normal or should I get it checked again make sure I didn't mess it up..I was alright the first week just sore from the incision but then I had to start working a little bit here and there..had to move and carry my things up and down two flights of stairs.. getting in and out of my car for taking food deliveries. Yea I know I've done alot but I'm a lot stronger then people think. Now I'm worried I'm on the road to another surgery again.. what does anyone think about this? Life in general is bad and bad timing for this [edit] to happen. Excuse my language.


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  • When you are cleared to by your doctor. Most post op patients are given instructions to only walk as much as possble, no bending, lifting or twisting until your followup appointment or 6 weeks.
    Since the sciatic nerve was pinched, a flarE or return of nerve pain post op is pretty common, but, with the fact that you said you were going up and down stairs repeatedly and climbing in and out if your car making deliveries and carrying things, it would be wise to see your surgeon and tell him all you have been doing and what you are experiencing. It is possible you may have caused further damage.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    out of surgery. Any spinal surgery takes it time to properly heal and then start on your road to recovery.

    Spinal surgery that involved impinged nerves take the longest to recovery. Depending on how long the nerve was pinched and to what degree, the timetable for the pain reduction can vary from 6 months to 16 months.

    Be patient, do not over do anything. Keep within the restrictions and limitations that your doctor gave you. If you push yourself too much now, you might wind up paying a larger price later.

    It all takes time.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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