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How did you know you reherniated a disc?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Was it obvious? Or were you just in simuilar pain to before surgery. I'm 5 1/2 weeks post op of an L5/S1 microdisc and wondering if somethings wrong. Thanks!


  • For me it was severe pain that was unmistakeable. It started with mild leg pain one day that progressed to horrible back pain at the disc level by that evening that I almost went to the ER for. My surgeon thought it was just inflammation until he heard how bad the pain was so he sent me for an MRI which confirmed reherniation. I was crying in pain and no matter how I moved and how much ice I used and that percocet did not touch the pain it was just unbearable. That's how I knew.
  • I knew because it was the same unmistakable nerve pain I'd had in the first go-round. It got progressively worse over the course of 4-5 weeks (similar to the first time as well). Nothing quite like nerve pain.
  • You are still really early out of surgery, but if you are worried call you NS.

    I knew at 6 months after both of my micro's (L5-S1). I was told that if there wasnt a marked improvement at the 6 month mark then there is likely a reherniation. I was patient and just rested. Then when I wasn't better, at my 6 month check I had the Dr do an MRI and there it was.

    I hope things go better for you. Try to be patient. Your back went through a LOT!

    Take care :)
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