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microdiscectomy l5 s1 herniation Post Op Question

Johnson12lilJJohnson12lil Posts: 2
edited 12/17/2015 - 10:59 PM in Recovering from Surgery

I had a microdiscectomy l5 s1 herniation that was removed 3 months ago. I was having pain in my lower right side of my back, through my butt and down my right leg. The doctor and his assistant were shocked that I was still walking. I have blown out my knee and had my appendix burst and the pain from this was comparable. Post op in the hospital was relief because the pain was gone. Sure I had pain by my incision and if I moved too much in the wrong direction I could feel it. During my recovery I was told to not lift more than 10 pounds for 6 weeks which I pretty much did. There were a couple of times where I probably pushed myself too far. But I still felt better each day. I got to a point where the pain was gone and my only issue was getting my core and legs stronger.

Well it has been 3 months and I started feeling the same pains in my lower back and leg, but this time on the left side. The only thing I can think that is different is I started trying a few pushups and sit-ups lately. Other than that I haven't lifted anything heavy and haven't started running at all, just walking. Were the push ups and sit ups too much maybe? I am afraid I may have re-herniated the disc. Or is this part of the long process to recovery?

I know everybody's bodies are different and react differently. But any insight would be much appreciated.



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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 728
    ANYTHING that stresses or jars your back can potentially be a cause of reherniation... it doesn't have to be limited to lifting objects. When your surgeon cut out part of your L5-S1 disc it WILL NOT grow back... it will only scar over. As such... that part of your back will be compromised for the rest of your life... it will never be 100% again. You must be "kind to your back" for the rest of your life... and be aware that a lot of the stressful activities you did before your surgery you can no longer safely do without risk of further injury. Trust me I learned this lesson the hard way. It doesn't mean you can't be active you just have to be more careful and aware.
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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