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Help! Need advice! Currently 2 weeks post op lumbar disectomy.

Elena89EElena89 Posts: 1
edited 01/24/2016 - 10:19 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi there everyone,
I'm new to this forum but I'm hoping someone can help me out. I had a lumbar disectomy done exactly 2 weeks ago (procedure was on 11th Jan). It was on my L4/L5-L5/S1. I'll fill you all in a bit of my history pre surgery. I'm 26 years old and the first time this hell ride of lumbar/sciatic pain (down the right leg) started in August 2014, I woke up one morning in agony with pain shooting down my leg and it never went away. I didn't fall, trip, twist etc in any wrong way. I tried everything to help myself, core work, gentle exercise, chiropractor, physiotherapist, osteopath.. You name it I tried it! To make matters worse I have a doctor that's constantly said to me 'theirs nothing wrong with you, your MRI doesn't show much it's all in your head! You need a good psychiatrist!' In the end I found an incredible neurosurgeon who believed this wasn't made up and knew I had a tethered nerve. So back to surgery, the procedure was 2 weeks ago and for the first 10-12 days I felt like a new woman! I stood up for the first time in hospital after surgery and cried cause my leg didn't feel like lead anymore and the sciatica was pretty much gone! I had little Spurs of sciatic pain in patches down my leg but nothing that bothered me. Now things have changed, since yesterday I've been in so much pain in my lumbar spine (the same pain pre surgery) and the sciatic pain has been intense. If I sit in a chair it feels as though I'm sitting on a lump where my sciatic nerve runs along my bum. I'm so upset and don't know why this would be happening. The only silly thing I've done was I bent to pick up my phone charger last night not thinking anything of it until I realised what I did. I'm so scared I've done serious damage to my surgery and I'm back at square one. Please anyone, any advice I would appreciate so so much.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • If it were me I would ring your dr. I know I certainly rang mine when I had concerns & he was happy to answer any questions or concerns I had.

    Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
    Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014
  • I just had (1/8/2016) L2 thru L5 laminectomy and L3 thru L5 fusions with hardware....and I had a previous fusion in 2007...My surgeon told me is that I may experience even more pain or the pain my come and go for a while after the surgery...He said for me to remember that he moved things around ( nerves, muscle etc) in order to do the fusions and laminectomy....I to felt good after the surgery , as I started to gain more range of motion and move around more I started to feel more pain....Dr. told me it is not uncommon...I would make your doctor aware of what is happening . In my own experience, just take it easy.. and allow yourself to heal...a fusion is a big deal..!!! good luck in your recovery
  • A few weeks post op, especially when there were nerve issues prior to surgery. It is also possible that you may have reinjured the disc. There is no way for us to guess, so the best option would be to contact your surgeon and discuss your symptoms and see what he recommends.

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