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2 Weeks Post Op L4-L5 Discectomy

I am 2 weeks to the day post-op L4-L5 Discectomy. Everything thus far has been great, almost too good to be true. I have followed doctors orders in that all I really do is walk around the house, browse spine-health every hour or so for 20-30 minutes and lay in bed. I have also been walking 2-3 miles a day when the tempature rises above 32*.

As of late yesterday I started to notice when I sit down my left leg begins to get "pins and needles" type numbness just as I had been getting prior to surgery. Knock on wood, I haven't had any pain yet. This morning again within a few minutes of sitting at the kitchen table eating breakfast my left leg began to go numb. This is really starting to bum me out. I should note, while laying in bed this does not seem to happen.

I know they say it takes time to heal and that you can have flare ups or whatnot, but this really sucks! I do not remember from my MRI how extensive my herniation was, but I do not think it was nearly as bad as many of you others here on this page. I choose to have surgery because the pain was starting to affect my daily life and job. Had I not choosen surgery I would likely have to seek alternate employment and that really is not an option at this time.

Who else has had this experience and did the numbness go away after time or did it continue to stick around? I haven't taken any medication, but I will take some ibuprofen today in hopes that it will assist in relieving this numbness.


  • Still not any better. Not any worse either.
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 732
    2 weeks post-op is still pretty early... The numbness is most likely just your nerves trying to find a "healthy state" afer having been crushed by your disc herniation. During the post op recovery your nerves are going to do all kinds of strange things. Hang in there...
    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
  • Hi Drew

    I am 11 Days post op and experiencing very similar symptoms however mine only goes away when I lie on my left hand side (had a centre right prolapse disc causing pain / numbess in my right leg for a year, not really bad pain but affecting lifestyle and work)

    Not sure what the cause is but I thought I would share that with you.


  • 3 weeks is tomorrow. Seems like every time j sit now the numbness comes back wether it be in a chair or in the toilet. If I sit with my leg stretched out it doesn't seem to be as bad.
    Prior to surgery ink lunges the pain down the leg for maybe 2 months., so I don't think my nerve(s) were in horrible shape.

    I suppose I can live with the intermittent numbness so as long as it won't affect day to day activities.

    Additionally, I am looking to get a back brace/support for when I return to work - does anyone have any suggestions???
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