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6 weeks after L/5 discectomy lots of pain!!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone.I'm new to the forum.
Due to the constant pain getting worse thought i needed to get some feedback from other people suffering my same problems.
I had a discectomy about six weeks ago L/5 to relieve back pain and occasional siatica pain shooting down my left leg.I felt great after a week!Saw my Dr and he was amazed.So with the staples still in i would walk, do minor stuff and i think after 2 weeks i started riding my motorcycle which was a lot more comfortable than my car.
I started to feel a little pain soon after that but knew it was normal due to muscle tissue regeneration.I had directions to not have sexual intercourse till 2 weeks after surgery and i did so.
By week 3 i started having sex with my girl and from then the pain just degenerated more and more till i can barely walk and feel pain in my core where the disc is and sharp pain in all areas around it like behind my stomach my butt and such but only when i stand and walk.I have no pain when laying down still.Coughing and sneezing are terrible sharp "stabbing" like pain!
I saw my doctor to have the staples removed,but he was on vacation so he left a temp or whatever it's called and she removed the staples and said the pain was normal.
Not convinced i made another appointment when my Dr was back in at week 4 and he stated that i "over did it" prescribed lyrica and more percocet and said to totally rest and the pain will get better in a few weeks.
I cannot sleep in my bed cause i wake up in TERRIBLE pain so i've been sleeping and practicly living on my sofa for week 5 and 6 and still feel terrible pain when i get up and walk.When i lay back down from walking i have a pulsating pain in the core of my lower back and then it calms down and i'm fine again.

I tried to describe my pain as good as possible and really looking forward to hear if you guys and gals have/had the same problems i am having and if it's "normal" cause i'm really starting to get worried here :<




  • Sorry to hear you are in so much pain, I had a positive result from my surgery (MicroD at L4L5) so I can't offer much advice apart from pushing your Dr for an MRI to see if there is a reherniation.

    Hopefully you just over did it a bit riding the motorcycle and it will settle down with some rest and the pain meds.

    Keep us updated on how things go, I know how wearing it is to be in pain, especially with the added worry of not knowing what's going on. Hang in there, hopefully it will settle on its own.

    Take care


    ps - I never used it but I think some people have had good results using an ice pack maybe you could see if that helps a little.
  • Thanks for your response.
    Happy your surgery went well.
    I just wish my Dr would have been more clear about the "do's and don't" instead of acting like it was a simple surgery.If i had found this site earlier i might mot have been in this situation.
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  • Hey Jo I had a my second micro july 8th and reherniated it 2 weeks later putting on a pair of pants on so it doesn't take much I just went riding on my motorcycle for the first time in over 2 months and riding felt good but felt horrible when i got off . I would definatly ask for an MRI just to rule out a muscle strain or something like that .good luck
  • Discectomies pretty much ARE simple surgeries...

    BUT, with anything you're kind of supposed to chill out for a while. Scar tissue is still forming, and your nerves are recovering from either being impinged or moved/touched during surgery. Sex after 3 weeks and riding a motorcycle, I don't know is a good idea after any kind of surgery (not to be taken 100 percent literally... obviously you can ride a motorcycle after having wisdom teeth out, and things of that sort). Let your scar tissue form and let everything settle down, then start stretches, ice packs, etc.... THEN resume normal activity.

    If your insurance company will cover it, then request another MRI.... I'm assuming you've already tried physical therapy, chiro, cortisone injections, etc... Asking about Aquatic Physical therapy may be something to think about. It's good for acute post surgery issues.
  • Sorry to hear you are in pain.
    IMHO you did way too much way too soon.
    Walking and PT are understandable as you want to keep things loose, blood moving, inflammation down, and keep scar tissue from forming(that's a good thing).

    Post-op, I was in a similar situation pain and time wise, as you but not activity-wise. An injection of meds into the L5-S1 foramen really helped me.

    Might be worth asking about. I am very glad I pursued it.
    Can you get a CT scan or an MRI?
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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  • Sorry to hear that the micro didn't work for you. I had one in November of last year and it doesn't take a lot to reinjure it! I got bronchitis and asthma and re-herniated my discs! (L 4/5 5/S1)
    I then waw in sooo much pain I ended up in the ER and had some steroids shots. They didn't work at all. Ended up having more cortisone shots, steriods and finally 2 discograms, which now confirms that I am in need of a level 2 fusion. (scheduled for 9/25)
    All I can say,is walking is good for you and definetly push the pain with your doctor and try to get some results. It's your body and you know how you feel. ALso, don't do too much! It will only make things worse!

    Take Care!
  • Well...Today i woke up in lots of pain as usual but i just happened to look at myself in the mirror with my shirt off and noticed that the side i had surgery on was VERY swollen and i noticed that my spine is offset to the right(had the discectomy on the left).
    Immediately an alarm went off in my head and i called the Dr.He said that the fact that i "over did it" might have changed something in the surgery and the area is very inflamed so i'm gonna see him first thing Tuesday morning and i will get a 3rd MRI.For now just staying put and applying ice packs on it.If it gets bad over the weekend,i'll visit the emergency room (the hospital is accross the street from my house)
    I feel very depressed at this time and the pain is almost unbearable.Coughs and sneezez equal being stabbed in the lower back!Can't wait for all this to be over.

    Wish you all a happy labor day weekend!
  • Sorry you'll spend your weekend like that but I am glad to hear the dr. is ordering the MRI. Do what you have to to be as comfortable as you can. Lots of pillows and try ice and heat, see which one helps or feels better to you. Change position often and just take it easy. Hang in there.

  • Jozzep , only the ( over did it ) and riding a motorcycle are the difference between me and you !!!!
    same L5 surgery , the doctor was amazed after 1 week ... , etc etc ..
    after 1 week the doctor said you have to walk as much as you can , so i walked , but the spin offset to the left ( the pain before the surgery was in the left leg) was obviuos from the 1st days , but no swelling , i got a new MRI , there was some fluid continuos with the disk , as in the MRI report it said : it maybe an ebdural hematoma !!
    the doctor insisted that the pain was not due to the hematoma , its only because some spasms .. after the 3rd week , the pain a little bit better , so the doctor recomended a physical therpy to get rid of the spasm , today was my 3rd pt , the offset to the left still the same , some pain differs during the day , tonight was so strong , and i dont know what to do ? if its hematoma why he denied it ???? and why is this bend to the left ? is it really because of spasms ???
  • hi,

    Just curious. How are you now ? I have recently operated for 2 discs L4-5 and L5-S1. Its 6 weeks after the operation. I am not sure about Do's and Don'ts. As per doctor I will never be able to ride bikes and it will take 3 months to drive a car.

    I still feel uncomfortable in sitting position. Walk or standing up is perfect for me.

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