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L4-L5 sciatica question

As the title suggests, I had severe sciatica pain from March 2018 to January 2019, affecting me daily. To the point where I couldn’t raise my leg past 30 degrees and generally had sleepless nights. Not to mention the shooting and back pains too. The doctor said a huge piece of disc was removed along with an ‘oddly shaped vein’. Anyway I had the operation removing part of the disc and for the first few weeks I have generally been fine. The wound pain in the back has gone, however in the last 3-4 days I have been getting the shooting pains down my leg. Not to the level as it was pre-op, however bad enough to make me wonder whether it has been reherniated? I haven’t done anything except walking as advised and wanted peoples advice or expierences on this as it’s causing a lot of stress for me. 


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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,475

    joelpfc
    welcome to spine-health
    all new members should take the system tutorial

    weeks after surgery, it is not unusual to have nerve pain. the nerves that were compressed before surgery have now got to wake up and start functioning again. depending on the surgery, this could take weeks or months. if it gets too painful, call your doctor.

    i have permanent nerve damage therefore i take neurontin for the pain. i also use ice packs which helps a lot.
    take care and keep us posted on how you are doing.


    Sandra
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  • Thanks for the speedy response, I do not usually make accounts on forums, however felt that this is different when health is involved. So I assume what I’m facing is normalish?

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,475

    When was your surgery? Most of the time it is normal. If you had re-herniated it would be painful, not just nerve pain. You have to look at what goes on during surgery. Nerves are moved, touched and sometimes cut. After surgery, they have to start healing like everything else that was touched. I know it doesn't feel that way, but this is a good thing. At least they are waking up.
    Read the link below on recovery.
    Recovery, the most important phase - Patience required

    Take care


    Sandra
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  • Surgery was on January 22nd

  • Joel

    You are very early in recovery, and like Sandra stated nerves waking up is a good thing, although painful, if this continues it would be worth a call to your surgeon to talk about nerve specific medications, they can be very helpful for nerve pain. Ice can also be very helpful in reducing nerve pain, I use them multiple times daily. You have also joined the best forum on the net. there are people here that are willing to answer your questions that have experienced most everything to do with the spine. Good luck and keep us posted.

    Chip

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  • Have a follow up appointment now so will see what is said in the meeting

  • The follow up was discussed and the pain was explained to be normal and many of the nerves are waking up. Should be back to normal in 6 weeks. My concern was actually more for the L5 - S1 disc below which actually looks like it is degenerating!

  • joel

    Hopefully your doctor looked at L5-S1 and decided that it was okay for now, as far as the nerve pain goes, be patient, that is the hardest part of recovery, after my last surgery in Nov. 2018 it took three months for the nerve pain to calm down, still have some in the right foot, nerves are the slowest and last thing to heal and go away, I hope your doctor is right about the 6 weeks.

    Chip

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,475

    Joel

    I am so glad you got the nerve pain confirmed by your doctor. Did he prescribe anything to help relieve your pain?
    Hang in there, like we all say, it takes time.
    Take care and let us know how your are progressing.

    Sandra
    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical History
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