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Still simptoms after surgery

L5S1 karmaLL5S1 karma Posts: 30
edited 12/29/2015 - 8:36 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I just had my L5S1 redone after 2 years of honemoon. My first was in november of 2013 and was in a way very mild, in a way that i was back to work in 2 weeks and never felt anything after November 2015. Now it rehernieted if avenge. I knew right away, so it happened Sunday prior to thanksgiving, 3 days after i had the MRI, showing a 12mm extrusion, and surgery 3 1/2 weeks after as my symptoms this time were pretty bad. After surgery, doc said everything went great and he wants to see me after 2 weeks. Now i am on day 13 after surgery, still having symptoms, cant sit my calf hurt when i walk, but im able to walk for an hour, still numbness on foot but i think it is reduced. Having scitic symptoms are normal after surgery? Could this just still be due to the intense stress my nerve endured during this 3 1/2 weeks prior to surgery? I really need some stories of realistic expectations. Thanks a lot.

Postoperative Care for Lumbar Microdiscectomy Surgery


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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 724
    My guess is when you see your doctor this week that he will tell you to be patient... the pain is normal. It sometimes take a longggg time for your nerves to calm down and heal after having been compressed by your ugly spinal bones or the that ugly herniated disc. In my case it took 4 months for the nerve pain to calm down... hopefully yours won't take so long.
    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
  • Today is day 15 pos op.. Calf pain is gone, i can now raise my leg to about 50-60 degrees and redid the mri with contrast yesterday and doc said no issues there. I am not out of the woods yet but this is a great new years present!
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