I'm new to this forum, hope this topic is fit for the thread. I'm 33, male.
About 7 months ago a discectomy was done on my L5-S1 herniated disc. I'd been on and off with conservative treatments of many kinds as well as strength training for several years. Then at a second neurosurgical clinic right before we would got to start the PT program, the morning before I felt an intolerable pain not only in my back, but my whole body would shut down because of such pain. I decided right that moment that I can't take this anymore (4+ years) to have a surgery.
The surgery was successful on several fronts. First the pain is gone from my right leg and buttocks. Second the check-up MRI confirmed that there is no residue hernia or other significant protrusion. Basically the MRI says there is no nerve root compression of any kind. Also my surgeon stated there is no further neurosurgical role justified.
These are all good news and probably many of you would love to be in my situation, however ever since the 4 month of my recovery a new kind of pain came out of the blue. This pain presents it self in my left hip (that side never had pain or any problems before the surgery). The localized pain occurs in my gluteus muscles, often times I feel radiating pain to my thighs or even lower down in my legs. The pain increases with spinal extension postures, as well as when I lean forward or sitting, leaning one side to the other. We're talking basic everyday movements here.
Since the MRI didn't show any nerve root compression or significant disc protrusion I've been told this must a muscle spasm. Such spasm or voluntary muscle contraction is explained by the fact I had a so called antalgic posture pre-surgery as to protect the right where I had disc hernia. As such should be loosen and and gone in a matter of few months so I was told 3 months ago. Probably you already guessed it, even though the antalgic posture is gone, I still have this pain and would not go away.
My question, is any of you here have had a similar experience so long after surgery? If yes, how did you deal with it, ever found a solution to get rid of such pain?
Any advice is highly appreciated.
Thanks a lot.
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