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17 days post-op and need information and support

I'm 58-year old yogini that fell into a spine pain rabbit hole. I had an injury and some pain on and off for 2 years.  After a chiropractic treatment, something happened that caused serious pain in my right leg and serious weakness (falling frequently).  I couldn't walk and lying down was even more painful. I went to the neurosurgeon where the MRI showed a bone fragment pushing on the nerve in l3-l4 and had surgery about 2 weeks later. I wanted to get a 2nd opinion out of state, (we live in a smallish town) but the pain was too intense to travel. I'm concerned I rushed into surgery and should have waited, but it's too late for this monkey mind activity.

I'm 17 days post-op and freaking out that I still have nerve pain, numbness now in both legs, better than pre-surgery but still not all better.  How many weeks til I can ascertain if I am in the 90% of those with success after minimally invasive microdiscectomy? Should I be doing some stretching to limit scar tissue formation around the nerve?  

Thanks y'all!



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,652
    edited 08/09/2017 - 4:17 PM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thank you for welcoming me to the group.  I read the info in the link and I still have questions.  Regarding the stretching exercises, when should one start to avoid the scar tissues, 2 weeks-3 weeks afters surgery? 

    "Earlier mobilization after microdiscectomy back surgery may actually help patients heal sooner since patients with significant pain often have limited their motion, and an early exercise program for appropriate stretching, strengthening and conditioning may help work out the secondary soft tissue component of their back pain and/or leg pain."

    thank you!!

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  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 745


    17 days is very early on your post op healing process. Follow your pt's advice on pt. 

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,068

    Yes, 17 days is very early. The nerves are waking up from being compressed and this can take weeks. It takes patience and ice packs, that can help too.
    As far as exercise I agree, follow you doctor's orders as well as PT.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my  Medical History
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