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New member 4 weeks post L5 S1 Microdiscectomy

DBSAdvisoryDDBSAdvisory Posts: 2
edited 07/19/2017 - 9:10 AM in New Member Introductions

Hi all, I'm a 51 year old male living in the UK originally from Ireland.  I'm very active, have always enjoyed a lot of different sports but unfortunately have suffered back issues from late teens so have had to stop participating in a lot of sports, e.g. football, golf, cricket and now cycling

I had severe sciatic pain in the right leg, particularly from the knee down, since November 2015.  A scan in January 2016 showed a bulging disc that was pressing on the S1 nerve root, hence the pain.  I wanted to avoid an operation so did lots of physical therapy and by August 2016 things were much better, although some nerve pain remained.  Then in January 2017, the pain increased considerably and another scan in March showed the bulge had got a bit worse.  I was down for an epidural steroid injection, but then the disc popped and wrapped around and under the nerve root.  The pain got extreme, I couldn't walk or move much, couldn't work or drive.

So in for the microdiscectomy I went.  The surgeon said it was bad and a lot of the disc had to be removed, he described it as having a run flat tyre remaining, it works but it's not ideal!  Since then, I've been doing Stuart McGill's back exercises as rehab and doing lots of walking.  Up to day 10 post op, things were moving in the right direction but since then the leg pain has come back, though nowhere near what it had been pre op.  The leg below the knee is pretty numb also, and things have not changed much over the last week to 10 days.  I get frustrated pretty easily when I don't see improvement, even if gradual, and hope that things will improve over time and that it is just the nerve slowly repairing and healing from the 18 months compression and the surgery.  Any good news stories of similar slow progress at the start but eventual improvement welcomed.



  • Hi, Im 3 weeks post discectomy and decompression surgery, I too have numbness below my knee from the surgery but surgeon says its the nerves inflammed from the operation and will just take time to heal. I understand the fustration also, I had no idea recovery would be this slow or hard but I now understand that we need time and rest to heal, after all our bodies have been through a huge trauma. I too would love to hear from someone who suffered this post op numbness. Anyway, I wish you well with your recovery. 

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