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coopccoop Posts: 4
edited 01/16/2016 - 10:02 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I am day #3 post op. // I have incredible pain when move leg ( left ) shoots imediatly I can recover but OUCH!! so any insight for when improvement will happen? I really thought I would feel better right away. I don't have follow up till end of week,so just taking pain med and the prescribed ibprophen.... Was told a fragment removed from under nerve



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    edited 01/16/2016 - 10:02 PM
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 732
    Recovery of the nerves after back surgery is totally unpredictable. Sometimes people wake up from surgery with zero nerve pain and other times the nerve pain is the same or worse than pre-op. I'm a good example of both... on my first fusion surgery I woke with ZERO nerve pain and on my second fusion surgery I woke up with ALL the same pre-op nerve pain and more. It took 4 long horrible months for the nerves to calm down and the pain to go away. My doctor explained to me that sometimes the nerve swelling/irritation takes a longggg time to subside... and no two people and no two surgeries are the same... you just have to hang in there. The root cause of the pain ... the crushing of your spinal nerves by your herniated disc has been resolved in the surgery... but the nerves are still inflamed. The only thing you can do is take pain meds to help make the pain tolerable... until your nerves recover from the trauma.
    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
  • Thanks for insight didn't like hearing time frame but .... I jus got nervous as I cannot get out of chair with out incredible pain, never mind walking and have to use cane one baby step at time :-( as it is alot worse as didn't have those issues prior, not to mention forget laying in bed I have to use recliner instead so i can rest . Dr said went perfect gave 95% full recovery

    Thanks. Coop
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