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Lumbar Microdisectomy

I just had a lumbar microdisectomy on January 23rd, a little over three weeks ago.I have done everything the doctor has instructed.  It seems that at certain times the pain ( yes, less than before) comes back down my right leg.  It's very infrequent but scary.  I don't want to go through the pain that I had before.  When I went for my post-op check-up last week, the doctor said it is normal to experience some pain even up to roughly 12 months.  Anyone have any thoughts or advise?



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,479


    Yes, it is very common. Did he explain it as the nerves waking up? Hopefully it won't take that long but it could. It all depends on how bad and how long the nerves were impinged.
    Are you walking around? 
    Good luck and keep us posted.

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  • Hang in there KGeorge

    recovery is scary at times, when those nightmare pains appear suddenly.

    As Sandra says, the nerves wake up ... and sometimes object strongly while healing.

    If you have continuous and increased pain, definitely get advice on that, but it sounds like you are progressing well.

    Well done on following your doctors instructions, that is part of the secret :-)




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  • yes you will have pain at least a year out. make sure to do PT/OT and strengthen your core.I had lumbar discectomy in 2012. i didn't strengthen my core and herniated two years later. take care of yourself 

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  • KGeorgeKKGeorge New YorkPosts: 42

    Thank you everyone - 2 more weeks have passed since my last post. I just returned to work on Monday.  I'm not sure if this was the best thing to do as a teacher of Kindergarten.  Luckily, I have a lot of support with my entire colleagues.  I'm really tired and experiencing some more pain near the incision area.  The pain down the leg is less than before surgery.  There are times when the pain comes back and I am a little startled.  I am finding I can't sit to long or stand to long.  

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