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Back surgery recovery

I am a 64-year-old male in relative good health. Prior to surgery, I was having severe sciatica in my left leg. My surgery involved: 1) revision left L5-S1 microlumbar discetomy, 2) partial pediculectomy on the left at L5 to free the L5 nerve root (which was severely compressed according to my doctor), and 3) lysis/removal of scar from a previous surgery. After surgery, I felt great. I had some numbness and tingling in my left leg, but very little pain. Within a week, the sciatic pain has returned at a moderate to moderately severe level. Is this uncommon? My concern is because I had so little pain initally, but now the pain has returned. I've followed my post-op instructions well, except still having to strain with my bowel movements, despite increasing my fiber. Maybe I'm not being patient enough, but I can't help having these concerns that something is wrong. Any and all responses are greatly appreciated.


  • Hi only one thought although you may have increased your fibre but you also need to ensure you have upped your liquid intake. The fibre will soak up the liquid to make it easier to pass. I found prunes just a handful a day to nibble on did the trick when I was on strong opiates after my fusion.
  • Hi Thomasb, if your on pain medication constipation is normal so normally your doctor will give suggest softeners. I was on three different ones and prunes and it took a while to kick in. Then it was a matter of adjusting them. It was just a hassle that I didn't need on top of dealing with my pain.
    The pain returning, we'll mine after surgery, I wanted to be put in a coma. It took me such a long time to be without well actually I have never been "without pain". You should check with your doctor for that.
    I hope you begin to feel better soon!
    Live, love, laugh, it could always be worse.
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