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I have had two L4/L5 microdiscectomies in as many months. The first on 1st December 2017 and a “redo” just a week ago after a reherniation on 7th Jan.
My recovery from the first discectomy was good with easy to manage paIn and immediate relief from symptoms - predominantly numbness, weakness in leg and pins & needles.
My recovery from the second surgery is a very different story - after my disc reherniated I was admitted to hospital to manage the pain as it was so bad and also developed dropfoot.
A week post surgery and I am really struggling to understand what is normal and what’s not. I still have numbness in my foot (middle toes mainly), chronic pain in my ankle (like a sprain) and severe pain in my hip & buttock with pins & needles/sciatic pain running through my leg. All on the right side. My leg also feels very weak.
I have been mobile and walking as suggested, I alternate between that, standing and lying as sitting is uncomfortable. But it’s proving difficult as any movement makes all of it worse after 5-10 mins of sitting/standing.
I have finished all meds prescribed on discharge and am wondering if this level and amount of pain is normal?? Any suggestions for dealing with the pain and how I can mobilise better as not mobilising is a double edged sword.
I’m wishing I’d never had the first surgery!
Thanks in advance