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Herniated Disc – Considering second surgery (MicroD) after several years

discpainddiscpain Posts: 1
edited 01/31/2016 - 8:14 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all,

When I was about 18 years old, I had a MicroD surgery (L4-L5) and it basically solved my back problems. No problems for years. Played sports, traveled, etc.

Unfortunately, when I was about 28, I reherniated the disc (lifting a very heavy object). It was a terrible incident and I was laid up for quite a while.

I'm now almost 34, and I've had more flare ups than I count over the years. I can barely commute to my office (1 hour drive).

I've tried to resist a second surgery, but I must admit that over the last several years, I've been very sedentary (i.e essentially no exercise), and not engaged with PT. I've decided to change that finally and for the last 2 months or so I've been disciplined about PT and I am committed to do so.

Unfortunately, despite this commitment, I'm now currently experiencing one of the worst flare ups I've ever had. It isn't tied to a specific incident but I can barely move and I'm miserable.

My wife and I had a child about a year ago and I'm barely able to help or play with her without suffering. I haven't had a pain-free days in over 6 years and I'm feeling a little hopeless and scared of a world where I can't regularly be there for my wife and daughter because of this injury.

Anyway, I know it completely depends on the person, but I wanted to ask if people have had second MicroD surgeries and if those have been successful or if they've caused more problems? I know I have an extremely weak back and core, so hopefully there's lots of upside to physio, but I'm feeling down since it seems PT hasn't done any good for me thus far (though I know it's only been about 2 months).


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/31/2016 - 8:13 PM
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  • chop my leg offcchop my leg off British ColumbiaPosts: 56
    It helped with my chop my leg of pain but then I lost mobility of my ankle and now my foot hurts so bad I can hardly walk sometimes but I think that was already happening and not from the surgery i believe just the severe nerve damage.  Before the second surgery I was SCREAMING in pain.  Now I'm just screaming.  
    L5S1..2 microdisectomies in 30 days maybe one more on the agenda. 4 bulged discs and one of them loves my spinal canal X2 :/ and a compression fracture . And now scar tissue wrapped around the nerve causing horrible neuropathy all over again.   VICIOUS CIRCLE :(
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