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11 days.post L4L5 microdicectomy

TMCTTMC Posts: 1
edited 01/08/2016 - 9:57 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Rear.ended by drunk.driver 11.17.15
MRI 11.19.15 shows 4 bulging discs one herniated causing sciatic pain. Could hardly walk. Standing for more than 1 minute caused savage pins and needs numbness and aching in left leg. Surgeon said PT or chiro would do.nothing. need to have surgery to carve off herniated disc.
Microdiscectomy surgery performed 12.28.15
First two days post surgery I was like a new.man.
Day three pain returned. Aching but no sciatica at least. Walking 1.5 miles.per day with aid of urban walkers (like.Nordic ski poles) to minimize weight on left leg and hip.
Meds are oxycodon diazepam (valium) ibuprofen.
With them I can do anything. And feel normal again or as close to.normal.as.possible. without meds I am in pain. Difficulty walking. Favoring right side.
It's been 11 days. Is this typical?
Are the meds so that I can rehab until.meds are no.longer required?
Only pain is left lateral ligament. And a little tightness between shin and calf on left side.
Any advice greatly appreciated.
Drugs mess with my head. Help me slept well but I can't drive and I'm useless.to.my kids.

Thanks for reading.

Tony.. Sleepy in Seattle



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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 722
    edited 01/09/2016 - 1:51 AM
    Everybody is different but 11 days post op really isn't much... and most people take a LOT longer before the nerves calm down. Nerve healing is a VERY SLOW process so be patient... sometimes it's even months. In my case after my second fusion surgery it took 4 long months before the nerve pain subsided to the point where I could get off pain meds... hopefully you will heal faster. But be CAREFUL... don't over due the rehab... the pain meds can fool you into thinking all is ok.

    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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