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How do you know when you reherniate?

Spineman14SSpineman14 Posts: 1
edited 10/05/2015 - 8:41 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello all!

Been a lurker hear for about 8 months prior to my microdiscectomy/hemilaminectomy which was performed August 2014. I was 21 years old and very healthy at the time and happened to get injured while playing football/slipping on the icy turf. In short, my surgery was a complete success and I felt 100%. However, last week while running incline on my treadmill (14 months post op), I noticed a VERY stiff calf and heal on my right leg following my workout session. It was not a burning, pins and needles, or tingling pain but rather a stiffness. I also noticed that if I pushed roughly on my right glute and lower back, I get a quick "electric" nerve shot of pain down the affected calf and foot. I am extremely scared that I reherniated however the pain intensity is no where close to what I had prior to my surgery. How did you know when you reherniated? Do you still get an electric shock if you push a trigger point?

Thanking you!

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  • So I'm not a physician, but from my experience it is really hard to know if you have re herniated , etc without another scan. I had a similar experience, felt great, and then did a flip turn in the pool and most of my symptoms were back. I was sure that I had reherniated, the pain was no where near like it was during my first herniation. Took a steroid pack and it got a bit better. I had a repeat MRI this week and discovered that I actually had not reherniated, but that what was left of the disc is bulging and probably what is causing my pain. So I'd recommend if it doesn't improve in a week or so that you may want to revisit your MD. Good Luck.
  • I went back in for another scan as soon as I began feeling nerve sensations again. I knew when my nerves were accompanied with the pain I was experiencing, there was a good chance it was my disc again. I felt it. I hope you get taken care of and feeling some relief soon! Good luck :)
  • slaftermansslafterman Posts: 3
    edited 10/08/2015 - 2:44 AM
    Dude, Im going thru the exact same thing.. i was scared i had scar tissue on my nerve. Had my surgury back in may, returned to work end of june. Started to wein myself off the meds dropping mg per dose that lasted about a month. Then i started having a NEW pain, the lower back was to be expected dropping my dose of meds.. I started having cramps in my calves, thighs and a constant nagging aching deep pain in my glutes. SO.. after harsh critisism from my family i returned to pain Dr. and requested to go back up on meds. Two weeks from that the meds wasn't doing squat. So after nagging my pain Dr. to get me in for an MRI (thanks to insurance Pre-approvals had to play their little games) I was informed i had herniated the same l5-s1 except it was bigger.. getting this news was somewhat dissapointing, but thankfull it wasn't something more critical like Cauda Equina. I have some other things going on too, like trouble Urinating and and odd bowel movements.. so now i have two appointments with 2 different neurosurgens hping they come up with the same thing the MRI tech said. If so, IM GETTING DISK REPLACEMENT, NO way am i going to go thru this again!!
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