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Scared about re-herniation

edited 08/20/2015 - 2:16 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi everyone
This is my first post here after browsing through for the last few weeks. So I'm a 21 year old athletic male and about 2 months ago I started getting sciatic pain and found out I had a herniated disc L5S1. The doc said it was pretty bad so 3 weeks ago today I decided to get the microdiscectomy done. Like a lot of other people, I woke up from the surgery with no more leg pain whatsoever. Just normal tenderness at the incision spot.

I started walking daily as recommended by the doctor and then about 4 or 5 days post op, I started getting minor sciatica again. Well it's been getting worse and worse, and while it doesn't feel quite as bad as it did before, it's still very painful and hard to get out of my mind when I'm up walking around. I've been in constant pain for about 2 months now and ready for it to be over. I'm very nervous that I re-herniated somehow but I don't know how I would have because I was very careful. Anyways I'm trying to get an MRI scheduled for the next week or so to see what that shows. Im trying to stay positive but it's becoming very hard the more and more the pain gets. I honestly think it's reherniated and I don't know what I'm gonna do because Im supposed to leave for college in 2 weeks. And I also play golf in college and want to eventually return to that when I'm feeling better. Anyone else experience pain like this after surgery and didn't re-herniate? Thanks

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  • crk555ccrk555 Posts: 3
    edited 08/29/2015 - 4:25 AM
    I also had a microdiscectomy about 2 weeks ago for the same l5-s1 disc. I had no leg pain whatsoever for the first 2 days after which it came back. Same as you, not nearly as bad as before but still there and worrisome. The Dr. assured me because the nerve was so impinged before it is just irritated and trying to heal itself/get back to normal. He didn't give me a time frame of when I can expect it to go away but its not a re-herniation and completely normal he said. Hopefully this is the case for you as well and it gets better soon! Keep us updated on the MRI though
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